Owner of store destroyed by fire to donate money to staff
COSTUMES Galore owner Robert Polzin has vowed to donate the money raised by the community on a GoFundMe page to his four staff members who have been left without jobs after his store was destroyed by fire on Monday.
Mr Polzin's two daughters, Bree and Madi, and two other staff members, Rachel Aron and Chloe Murphy, are currently without work since the blaze tore through the Maroochydore costume hire.
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Mr Polzin said although there was only $360 raised so far he hoped the community would dig deep and help the girls until they could all find another job.
"My thoughts are I'm not going to accept the money because we are insured, but our girls, they don't have jobs, they are out of work, so we're just going to give the money straight to them," he said. "We don't know how much is there at the moment, however when money filters through the whole lot will go to the staff to help them out."
Staff member of three years Rachel Aron said she was moved by her boss's gesture.
"I thought he should keep the money for himself to get the business back on its feet - I didn't expect him to give it to us at all but I'm very appreciative," she said.
Ms Aron said she was absolutely devastated when she heard the news that the store had been burnt down. She said that she would miss every aspect of working there.
"Honestly it was one of the best jobs I've ever had," she said.
"It was shocking when I got the text telling me what had happened. I had to read it a couple times because I was so shocked.
"It didn't sink in until I went down there and saw it, it was heartbreaking."
Mr Polzin said the fact that he had staff who cared so much about his family and the store made him and his wife emotional.
"Chloe bought a bunch of flowers and chocolates for us and we just burst into tears. All of these girls are so good to us," he said.
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Mr Polzin said he wasn't sure whether the store would reopen yet but he was certain that if it did all of the girls would be offered their jobs back.
"We don't know what the future's got for us at the moment," he said.
"It's so hard to build back what we had. We're not talking about 100 costumes or 1000 costumes we're talking upwards of 10,000 costumes and you don't get them by buying someone else's shop or buying them back.
"The minute we can get back on our feet though we'd love to give them their job back."
To donate to the four staff members a fundraising page, Let's restore Costumes Galore, has been started on GoFundMe.