An estate agent has been sacked after he was caught on camera pinching a chocolate bar from a tenant’s property.
The man was filmed nicking the family-sized Galaxy bar as he showed prospective renters around a property in Walthamstow on behalf of Your Move.
Home owner Jon Charter told The Evening Standard: “I was testing the cameras out that I had bought for my new house and happened to check them when I was at work.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I know it is only a chocolate bar, but it is the principle – it breaks all the trust. It is outrageous.
“Estate agents are not the most popular of people at the best of times but you’d never expect something like this.”
Charter told the newspaper the man, named only as George, initially tried to laugh off the incident, but then sent a series of pleading text messages claiming he suffered from fainting and dizziness and begging him not to “take it further”.
However his protestations fell on deaf ears and an unimpressed Charter informed his boss, who fired him.
A spokesman for Your Move confirmed to the Huffington Post UK that George – a franchisee of the company – was dismissed over the incident, which occurred on Friday.
Manish Somani, director of Your Move Sterling & Co. told HuffPost UK via email: “We take pride in the provisions of our services and we are very serious the protection of our reputation and brand.
"Therefore as soon as we were made aware of this incident action was taken and the employee is no longer working for us.
"We have also apologised to both the tenant and landlord for this unfortunate incident. The landlord has fully accepted this apology and the tenant has accepted a payment as a goodwill gesture for both the chocolate bar and any inconvenience caused.”