A carpenter who was working in shop where everything is free had his tools taken – presumably by someone who mistakenly thought they were part of the deal.
But while the workman was helping with some in-store refurbishments, a customer appears to have thought his tools were part of the retailer’s generously-priced stock.
Owner Maya Amangeldiyeva made an appeal on social media yesterday for the accidental “thief” to return the items.
“Someone took the tools of our carpenter,” explained Ms Amangeldiyeva.
“I understand, someone thought it was a donation that was free to take, and it’s okay – it’s a free shop.
“But he was using his tools, so if anyone took them please bring them back because we need to finish this lovely shelving.”
KentOnline previously reported how Ms Amangeldiyeva launched the venture last December to aid those struggling financially, while also helping to re-use unwanted items.
The entrepreneur, who moved to England from Turkmenistan 15 years ago, says the initiative is entirely funded through donations and cash from community interest companies.
The mum-of-three pays the rent and energy rates for the space through donations.
Since 2015, she has also been running a community café close by that provides meals to the homeless and people on low incomes.
A Facebook user commenting on the shopkeeper’s video suggested perhaps some replacement tools could be sought as a free donation.
“Maybe ask if anyone has some tools they could donate Hun,” they wrote.