Despite no publicly recorded cases of someone catching the deadly virus after purchasing a brand new mattress, Harvey Norman Albury erected a sign this morning with the message “No Coronavirus in our mattresses as ours are Australian made!”.
A photograph of the sign was posted on Twitter this morning.
— Michael Ryan (@theprovenance) February 8, 2020
Harvey Norman’s Twitter account quickly responded to ask which store the sign appeared in front of, before replying a couple hours later to say the sign had been removed.
“Albury franchisee acted in isolation without any consultation or communication beyond their store. As soon as the company was made aware, the sign was immediately removed and the franchisee told this was unacceptable. Our apologies,” the retailer said in a statement.
Store staff declined to comment when contacted by news.com.au.