LAHORE: A consumer court on Friday issued a notice to the proprietor of a furniture shop in a suit seeking Rs300,000 as damages for allegedly selling the petitioner defective furniture that caused him “embarrassment in front of his daughter’s in-laws”. Muhammad Latif said he purchased furniture from Shahid Furniture in Samanabad for his daughter’s dowry three months ago for Rs150,000. He said that Muhammad Shahid had assured him that he would be responsible if the furniture had any defects. He said that a month after her wedding, his daughter told him that the furniture polish had started fading. Shahid had used inferior wood, said Latif. He said he went to complain about the furniture to the proprietor but he delayed the matter and finally refused to replace the furniture or return the amount he had paid. Latif requested the court to direct Shahid to pay him Rs300,000 as compensation and damages. Shahid told The Express Tribune that he had not sold inferior furniture to Latif. He said he had told Latif to visit his shop but he did not turn up. He said he was ready to address Latif’s grievances if he visited his shop.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2014.