Cherie Studt-Hancock with son Cruz in front of the bare nursery wall.
Cherie Studt-Hancock with son Cruz in front of the bare nursery wall. Renee Pilcher

Mum loses $300 as shop closes

WHERE there should be a piece of art that spells out her son’s name, there is an empty space on the wall.

Gympie woman Cherie Studt-Hancock paid almost $300 to fill that space so when her newborn Cruz was born, he could gaze up at it.

Unfortunately, the money she paid has disappeared after Cute Kids Interiors in Mooloolaba shut its doors.

Ms Studt-Hancock placed the order for the wall art in February but it was never delivered.

She had been told by owner Donna Croft only weeks ago that it would be available to pick up on June 19, but Cute Kids Interiors closed down on that day instead.

“I had been chasing it up and she said, ‘Rest assured I’ll have it on Saturday’,” Ms Studt-Hancock said.

“She had given me her mobile number and I had trusted her for some strange reason.

“I called the supplier in Noosa and they said they hadn’t heard from her since December.

“I’ve even given a gift voucher to a friend and now she can’t use it.

“I can’t track her down to get my money back.

“I paid her the money and she didn’t even make my order.”

Ms Studt-Hancock said it was not a huge sum of money but others might have been short-changed as well.

“She was just putting me off.

“She has fraudulently told me these things, which haven’t happened.

“She told me she ordered these things, taken my money and not paid for it.

“I can’t be the only person affected.”

What was infuriating for the new mother was that she would have been sympathetic if she wasn’t kept in the dark.

“If she told me, ‘We’re going belly-up, I haven’t ordered your wall art’ and gave me my money back – it would have been different.

“I even had a special place for it with a hook in the wall but every time I look at it now, it makes my blood boil.”

Ms Croft could not be contacted yesterday afternoon despite numerous attempts.

Gympie Times


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