Student’s £500 Christian Louboutin heels ‘destroyed’ after wedging in escalator
A student wept after claiming her £500 Christian Louboutin heels were ruined on a shopping centre escalator.
Karolina Swiercz, who works part-time at a casino, was invited to a black tie event in The Cornerhouse, a leisure complex in Nottingham.
For the occasion decided to wear her new designer high heels, which she treated herself to while visiting Paris last month for €540 (£480).
She told Nottinghamshire Live: "I had been saving up for them since the beginning of the year, they cost me one month’s salary and so they meant a lot to me.
"I went to a black tie event to watch the first screening of the new Robin Hood film and as it was black tie I dressed up.
"I left at around 9.30pm, I wasn’t drunk and I wasn’t messing around, me and my friend decided to get the escalator as the lift was right at the bottom.
"The moment I took the step on the escalator I felt that I had got stuck and I managed to free myself.
"Then as I got ‘unstuck’ my other heel got stuck and I was simply trapped. I tried to pull it out, but the stairs were coming to an end and so were my shoes. I tried to remove the trapped heel with no success."
Once Miss Swiercz reached the bottom of the escalator her shoe heel was ripped in two and it became wedged at the bottom.
She said: "Obviously I was in tears as the shoes cost me my monthly salary and took me a long time to save up for them, being a student finances are tight.
"I even demonstrated to the security that it took me one single step and my shoe was stuck, they witnessed it and agreed with me that it wasn’t my fault.
"It would be a different story if I were to jump or mess about on the escalator, but I just stood. I simply stood still."
The following day she called the Cornerhouse to ask if they would be willing to pay to repair her shoes but she says she was told she could have used a lift instead.
She added: "This implied it was my own fault for taking the escalator. They basically blamed me for this even though I have done nothing but simply attend an event and stood on an escalator."
A spokesman for the Cornerhouse said: "We are aware of this incident and we are currently investigating what may have happened.
"Our escalators are serviced regularly and are checked by our security team daily, with any issues reported and dealt with immediately. We have the details of the person concerned, and we are in contact with her directly."
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