'Predatory' firm gets boot

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

An unnamed Israeli cosmetics company has been ordered out of several shopping centres in New Zealand after a TV show alleged that its staff have used heavy-handed tactics.

News show Campbell Live claimed last Friday that employees of the company that sells products under the name "Dead Sea Spa" were using "predatory" sales techniques.

One 82-year-old shopper was reportedly pressured into buying £2,500 worth of cosmetics when vendors walked her to a cash machine.

As a result of the show, shopping centres across the country, including Westfield, have ordered the company out.

The Dead Sea Spa brand belongs to Israeli firm Premier, but a spokesman said that it had been "abused and misused" by an unauthorised trader in New Zealand.

Last updated: 6:03pm, July 3 2014