Sad Santa: All he wants for Christmas is to get paid for his shopping centre work

2009-03-23 00:00

Nearly three months have passed and a local Father Christmas is still waiting to be paid for his festive charm at a local mall.

Konrad Hayn (66) of Bisley said he was hired by a local marketing company to be a mall Santa at Cascades.

However, he was never paid - despite having worked 13 days.

"[The organiser] came to see me on December 14, but I haven't seen her again since then. I tried phoning her, but she doesn't take my calls. I tried e-mailing her, but she hasn't responded."

Hayn, who worked at the mall from December 12 to 24, said Charmaine Grayson of Storm Creations (the company that contracted him) owes him R3 900.

"When I finally managed to contact her, she told me that she hadn't got paid and so she couldn't pay me. But the mall said that they had paid her," he said.

Cascades management confirmed this and said that they have informed Storm Creations about Hayn's concerns. "We've paid [Primedia Lifestyle] for the job in full," said a representative.

Primedia Lifestyle, which contracted Grayson for the job, told The Witness they paid her R6 000 for the job on February 3 and have all the documentation to prove it.

Grayson did not deny getting paid for this job, but said she has been waiting for them to pay her for another from October last year.

"I can't pay [Hayn] until they pay me," she said. "I also have to live. I can't carry people and their debt."

She also said she only owes Hayn R3 600.

However, Hayn is adamant that the amount they agreed on was R3 900. He rejected her reasons for not paying him. "What does that other function have to do with me? She got paid for this job. So she is supposed to pay me."

Primedia Lifestyle agreed. "The function has nothing at all to do with the Father Christmas job. We've paid her for that particular job."

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