Abdul Sheriff says he was wrongly thrown out of the Showplace Markets for selling ’fake goods’.
Abdul Sheriff says he was wrongly thrown out of the Showplace Markets for selling ’fake goods’. Inga Williams

Stallholder ejected from markets accused of selling fakes

FASHION salesman Abdul Sheriff felt "humiliated" when he says he was wrongly ejected from the Showplace Markets in Ipswich on Sunday.

The Bellbird Park resident said he was asked to leave the markets at the Ipswich Showgrounds by an official who accused him of selling "fake goods".

Mr Sheriff told the QT his goods were sourced legally from China and he had lodged a written complaint with the Ipswich Show Society.

"On Sundays I go the markets at the showgrounds to sell my fashion goods where I have a stall," Mr Sheriff said.

"Sunday was my fourth week going there to sell. I got there at 4.30am and I was let in by the stall officials.

"I had unpacked my goods and was ready for business when this official came with somebody who I think sells the same kind of goods that I sell. He said the goods I sell are fake and that I should pack them up and leave the showgrounds immediately.

"I said, 'What do you mean? My goods were bought legally and were sourced from China'.

"I felt frustrated and humiliated and I packed up my goods and left.

"I had sold the goods for three Sundays and there were no complaints."

Mr Sheriff said he had paid his $16.60 fee on each occasion.

The Ipswich Show Society put the QT in touch with Allen Zahnow who was in charge of the market on the weekend

But Mr Zahnow said he had no comment to make and that the matter would be dealt with internally.



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