Saturday, 26 March 2016

frenchy's thrift zoo-tique

It's been a while...

Back in 2013, Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro in Scottsdale, Arizona gained a massive amount of notoriety after being featured on an episode of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. 

The episode revealed the owners’ delusion, arrogance, and lack of understanding about how to operate a client-based enterprise, resulting in a social media thrashing on the bakery’s Facebook page.  The owners of Amy’s Bakery responded in the best way they knew how: PROFANITY IN ALL CAPS.

Well, there seems to be another company making a name for themselves through social media meltdowns.

Frenchy’s Thrift Boutique in St. John’s, Newfoundland has recently acquired a new owner and with it, a new attitude.

Current owner Israt Jahan Khan has developed habits of publicly accusing employees of theft, posting legal documents on the shop’s social media page, and making public death threats against people she just plain doesn’t like.

Along with secondhand clothing, Khan’s thrift shop offers services in henna art, gel nails, and smartphone repairs.  Her portfolio of henna art features photos that appear to be taken from various henna sites around the Internet. 

Through her Facebook posts, Khan displays that she is uneducated about Canadian Labour Laws and seems to think that filing a complaint with the police constitutes laying criminal charges.

The Frenchy’s Thrift Boutique Facebook page consists of outlandish accusations against individuals she suspects to be shoplifters, copied and pasted versions of legal documentation, screenshots of private messages sent to her by unhappy customers, and threats to “spray nuclear gas” on certain members of a Facebook group boycotting her business.

Khan was also the last owner of Taste of Mediterranean before the restaurant was closed down due to evidence of rodent droppings and rent issues.

Khan’s LinkedIn profile lists the following under her accomplishments: Award winner Canadian Economist, Acridated [sic] and Award winner Canadian Statistician and Mathematician.

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, so I understand that it may seem cruel to pick on a woman who doesn’t appear to be native of Canada; regardless, Labour Laws and business ethics apply to everybody.  I’d like to point out, as well, that Khan has been employed in Newfoundland since at least 2005 (according to her LinkedIn profile, anyway) and has been studying at Memorial University since 2007.  In my opinion, she is capable and deserving of being held responsible for her actions.

In early February, a page allegedly created by Khan called “Messages from the members of Boycott Frency’s group” has been posting profile screenshots of some of the members from the Boycott Frenchy’s Facebook group, referring to them as “rats” and calling their children “mice”.  One screenshot of a member’s profile that was posted on the “Messages from the members of Boycott Frency’s group” page was accompanied by the caption “Dnt go to Max before I kill this rat.”

The page has since been shut down, most likely due to the numerous reports made to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary by those who have been publicly threatened by the owner of the page.

I attempted to reach out to Khan to allow her to try and set the record straight on the constant drama that seems to be surrounding her shop, but she refused and subsequently threatened to sue.

In the meantime, Khan is hiring, so if you know anybody looking for a job…

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