Lee Seung-keun, the teenage son of lawmaker Jasmine Lee, has been falsely accused of stealing cigarettes from his workplace between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21 in 2014, 7-Eleven officials said Wednesday.
“A manager at a 7-Eleven store raised the suspicion to the media that Jasmine Lee’s son was responsible for stealing some 200 packs of cigarettes,” Choi Min-ho, a senior official at 7-Eleven told The Korea Observer.
“Our investigation, however, concluded that it was a misunderstanding as a result of poor inventory management.”
Choi said the manager and the media prematurely jumped to a conclusion that the lawmaker’s son intentionally cancelled 207 packs of cigarettes and took them home while working at a convenience store in Hongdae, Seoul, for a month late last year.
The internal probe, however, found that the cancellation rate was not abnormal given that the purchases of 1,246 packs were cancelled in the store during Nov. 18 in 2014 through Feb. 12 in 2015.
“There are many reasons to cancel purchases – customers may have a change of heart, want another product or cancel transactions,” he said, noting that the cancellation rate was not significantly higher when Lee Seung-keun worked.
“To sum it up, all 207 packs were cancelled, not stolen.”
He, however, noted that the manager and Lee’s son did not have a good relationship because he often showed up late to work and later filed a complaint against him to the labor ministry for delayed remuneration.
Another senior 7-Eleven confirmed that the alleged theft case had not been filed and the manager expressed his regrets over the misunderstanding he caused.