Controversial 'Battered Wife' Fish And Chip Shop Closing Down After 'Witch Hunt'
The controversially named Battered Wife Fish and Chips shop is closing down after a complaint was made to the Department of Fair Work.
Owner Caroline Kerr posted a teary video to Facebook on Tuesday, claiming she was the subject of an "abusive witch hunt" through complaints made to multiple government bodies.
"It is with deep, deep sadness that I inform you that we will cease trading next week," Kerr said.
"As many of you know, I've been the subject of an abusive witch hunt by a not-for-profit organisation -- more than one -- who are anti-abuse."
Kerr said complaints had been made to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission over her business name -- "I got through that one" -- and the Industrial Relations and Child Protection Services over claims she was participating in child exploitation.
"I jumped through that hoop," she said.
She also claims to have been threatened with bricks being thrown through her windows.
A complaint made to Fair Work over staff wages has triggered an audit, which Kerr said she cannot afford.
"I believed I had audit insurance, as any small business should, but I was informed this morning that it actually only covers tax audits and not Fair Work," she said.
"I don't know how much the accountant's going to cost me to get the information together to jump through the hoops.
"I just can't see any way that I can trade my way through it."
A spokesperson for Fair Work confirmed they are conducting enquiries into the fish and chip shop, but would not comment further.
"As this matter is ongoing, it is not appropriate to comment further at this time," they said.
Kerr is now selling the business for $69,000, "walk in, walk out". The whole premises, which has a house behind it, is for sale for $330,000.
"Who wants to buy a shop? It's called the Battered Wife, but you don't have to call it that," she said.
In the video, she takes the viewer on a tour of the property, advertising that everything from the fully-stocked fridge to the lollies that are for sale.
However, several people in the comments have thrown their support behind Kerr, with one woman telling Kerr "the town has your back".
A GoFundMe page to assist Kerr has raised over $1,300 with an aim of $5,000.
"I don't know how much is needed but I'm hoping the people of Australia can find it inside themselves to dig deep to help keep this wonderful shop alive," said campaign organiser Jade.
"The public have been so supportive of this wonderful local shop so now everyone needs to band together to help keep this shop and a woman’s dream alive."
10 daily has reached out to the campaign organiser.
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