A Bunnings worker who was chased by a machete-wielding shopper is suing the hardware giant for damages amid claims he was forced to act as a security guard and mocked by staff.
Brett Wolff Jacques, 53, was employed at the Bunnings Warehouse in Mentone, in Melbourne's south-west - when his life was turned upside down.
Mr Jacques claims he was ridiculed by his Bunnings workmates, who cruelly referred to him as 'detective' over his brave pursuit of the suspected thief.
In a statement of claim lodged with the Supreme Court of Victoria, Mr Jacques' lawyers claim as part of his regular work duties he was required to 'prevent, respond to, and investigate customer theft, in particular in the tool shop'.
Bunngs Warehouse in Mentone where Brett Wolff Jacques, 53, was chased with a machete after he was told to go and grab the bloke's registration number
Mr Jacques claims he was told to take steps to prevent 'leakage' from the tool shop area of the store and had been instructed by roving members of Bunnings' loss prevention team to closely monitor customers acting suspiciously, including taking down their car registration plates.
So when some suspicious-looking shoppers made their way into the tool section on August 2, 2015, Mr Jacques went and told a co-worker of his concerns.
With no security staff on deck, Mr Jacques claims he was instructed to head outside and get the car registration number of the customers.
But when the customers spotted him, all hell broke loose.
Court documents state the customer first drove his car aggressively towards Mr Jacques.
'The customer then disembarked from the car and chased the plaintiff on foot while holding a raised machete, while the plaintiff ran across the car park from the customer towards the open door of the premises,' Mr Jacques' lawyers allege.
On the same day as the incident, after making a police statement, Mr Jacques claims he was put back to work by Bunnings and immediately required to return to performing his work duties at the tool shop area of the premises until the end of his rostered shift.