Thief leaves evidence, 1Time does nothing

2012-04-13 12:07
Johannesburg - Two men from Johannesburg were shocked to find that the thief who had stolen their GPS and money out of their hand luggage on a recent 1Time flight, had left an incriminating clue in the stolen items' place.

Beeld reports that Rudie Stoop, an event planner, and Andre de Beer, his assistant, were on their way to Cape Town last Sunday for a wedding they had organized when the crime took place.

"We were the last people to board the flight, and some of the staff took our hand luggage to stow away," Stoop told the newspaper.

After their arrival in the Mother city, they found that neither their GPS that had been in their hand luggage, nor an envelope containing R500, hidden away in a Filofax, were where they had left them.

While looking through the bag, they came upon the piece of vital evidence: a luggage handler's flight schedule dated 12 March.

They immediately reported the theft to 1Time at Cape Town International Airport, but the airline turned them away, saying they could not be held responsible.

"They said that luggage handlers are outsourced from a private company. But, I pay 1Time and give my luggage to them."

Stoop spoke to 1Time on last Friday again, but they told him to report the theft to the airport.

"Theft is such a great problem, but when the airline actually has evidence, they don't even follow it up," a frustrated Stoop said.

Mike Bond, 1Time's commercial director, said the airline considered the incident in a very serious light, but that it was greatly out of their control, as Swissport handles their luggage.

"Swissport is aware of the theft and they are looking into it."

Bond added that 1Time's terms specifies that the airline will not be held liable for valuable items in their hand luggage.

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