Packed mall leads to frayed tempers and a trolley war

2014-12-18 00:00

CHRISTMAS cheer was nowhere to be found when two women went to war over a shopping trolley at the Liberty Midlands Mall on Monday.

Tempers flared as the shopping mall filled with people and trolleys became hard to come by.

The commotion started outside the Reggie’s store over a Woolworths shopping cart.

A manager at one of the stores inside the mall who requested anonymity said the centre’s security personnel had to separate the two women mid-battle.

The mall’s spokesperson Phumzile Zulu confirmed the incident but would not­ provide further details.

It is believed one of the women pulled out her pepper spray during the heated encounter.

Staff from Reggie’s said they heard the commotion outside their store but stayed indoors, away from the war of the trolley.

Meanwhile, Christmas shoppers were stopped in their tracks at the sight of a dead body in Pavilion Shopping Centre’s parking lot on Tuesday.

Durbanite Paula Quinn said she and her husband were walking out of the mall when they saw a woman who looked like she was having a fit.

“She collapsed in a stairwell [near the back of the mall],” she said, “it was horrible and it happened so quickly.”

Quinn said the woman appeared to be in her mid-sixties and did not seem to have any family or friends with her.

Quinn added that the women’s body lay in full view of shoppers exiting the mall for almost three hours before the mortuary van collected her.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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