A seller has been caught advertising ‘stolen’ social distancing-themed seat covers as crop tops in an online shopping app.
The seller in question was seen offering Chiltern Railways seat covers for £15 ($20) per piece on the popular peer-to-peer shopping app Depop.
“Keep this seat free to maintain social distancing when possible,” the text on the seat covers turned crop tops reads.
Advertising the ‘products’ via the app, the seller wrote: “Social distancing [Chiltern] Railways crop got a few of these can do different sizes. Message me before buying or with questions/offers.”
After eagle-eyed users spotted the seat covers, the story was shared on Twitter by the Depop Drama account. While some users called it hilarious, others were quick to blast the seller’s actions as horrific.
Once Chiltern Railways were informed about the advertisement, the company responded by insisting they had “raised [the issue] to the relevant team.”
As BBC reported, the seller was identified as 20-year-old fashion student Mhari Thurston-Tyler who denied allegations of theft and insisted that she had found the covers “balled up on the floor” outside a train station.
The girl insisted she made one of the seat covers fit her size while converting the other she had found into a crop top she could sell online.
“I have no money at the moment so decided to put the second one on Depop to see if anyone would buy it. I have to resort to little things like this to make ends meet, to pay the bills,” she said according to BBC.
After the bizarre ad went viral, a spokesperson for Depop told FEMAIL that the “item in question has already been removed from the app.”
“This item clearly violates our terms of service, but as it has been removed by the seller and is no longer for sale on the platform, we will not be taking immediate steps to ban this user,” the company told the publication.
“In our recent communications with the seller, we have reminded them of our rules about acceptable conduct and the sale of prohibited content. We have also made it clear that we will remove any items that violate these policies and community guidelines.
“If we confirm any listings of further prohibited content on their account, we will take steps to permanently close this user’s account and ban them from the platform.”
According to the reports, Mhari refunded one of her customers who ordered the ‘crop top’ after realizing she couldn’t make money out of seat covers belonging to a railway company.
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