Telecoms store workers told by 2am text no work on Monday
WHEN employees at Leading Edge Telecoms closed their doors on Friday afternoon, they didn't expect it to be for the last time.
That was before a text message from the owners woke them at 2am, telling them the stores had shut and they no longer had a job.
Leading Edge Telecoms has two stores in Rockhampton.
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They also have stores in Yeppoon, Gracemere, and Gladstone.
In one night, every single one of these stores was secretly cleaned out.
On Saturday, customer Kristy Bradstreet visited the Yeppoon store to pick up the phone she left there months ago.
She was shocked to see a closed sign in the door and an empty store.
"I'm disgusted that they've taken my phone," she said.
"I've tried (contacting them on) Facebook, I've tried ringing them, I've tried Centre Management.
"No one seems to know where they are, or who to contact.
"I just want my phone back."
Kristy left her phone at Leading Edge several months ago to have it sent away for repairs.
Over a year's worth of photos of her three sons are stored on the phone, as well as other personal information.
When she found the Yeppoon store empty, Kristy decided to try the Rockhampton store in Allenstown.
But she soon realised the closure was across all CQ stores.
While Leading Edge Telecoms customers have been left wondering about whether they'll receive their phones back, the company's employees are uncertain about whether they'll even be paid this week.
About 30 to 40 employees are believed to be concerned about their entitlements.
Attempts to make contact with the store owners were unsuccessful over the weekend.
Telstra also was unable to provide a response.
Leading Edge Telecoms at one time owned another store, in Emerald, however that store also closed down.