Over two weekends, an 82-year-old woman was bullied into buying $5000 worth of cosmetics – mostly wrinkle cream for a range of different skin types.
On the first occasion, young Israelis salesmen kept the woman at the booth after the mall had closed, making three separate sales totalling more than $3000, taking partial EFTPOS payments, and then accompanying her to ATMs around the mall to pay the balance in cash.
On the second occasion the elderly woman was sold more cosmetics in two separate $999 sales, emptying her bank account.
Ms T, who doesn't want to reveal her identity, says she is embarrassed.
"I feel as if I'm a silly old chook," says Ms T. "Honestly, at my age spending all that money on that product is ridiculous."