Poundworld fined for selling hi-vis jackets, that didn't actually reflect
Poundworld has been hit with a fine that exceeds £70,000 after they were found guilty of selling hi-vis jackets, that didn't actually reflect. The jackets also said 'be safe, be seen' on them, even though they were basically as visible as any other brightly coloured jacket.
95,700 of these £1 vests were sold, but tests showed that they weren't particularly reflective, which saw a recall and the product being removed from sale. However, with safety equipment, you'll always have further questions to answer.
And so, Poundworld went to St Albans Crown Court, where prosecutor Andrew Johnson said that Joe Tyler, from Hertfordshire Trading Standards, made a test purchase from Poundworld on Watford High Street last year.
He said: "Whilst the produce purported to be a high visibility safety vest, it was in fact no such thing. It was little more than an item of clothing. Neither the fluorescent yellow background material or the retro-reflective strips were of a standard anywhere near that which was necessary to ensure the visibility of the user."
Answering the Trading Standards' questions, Poundworld said this particular vest had been tested as a batch of 7,200, but over a period beginning in January 2010 it had imported and sold 95,700. Stan Reiz, who was defending the company, said that the Chinese manufacturers had provided test certificates that were misleading to Poundworld, but that "the company admits it fell short of due diligence. It has now changed its policies and has increased its UK test centres."
Judge John Plumstead fined Poundworld £15,000 and ordered it to pay £42,395.10 in an agreed confiscation order as well as £6,123.16 prosecution costs. He said: "People would have gone out of the shop believing they had improved the safety of their children or themselves when out after dark on foot or on a bicycle. The fine demonstrates the court's disapproval of those who put on the market safety aids that are not safety aids at all."
They should've seen that coming, eh? EH?