Former college bookstore employee alleges scam; manager denies

Created: 07/29/2014 9:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Former UNM-Valencia bookstore employee Ed Davis claims that while he was working at the bookstore, his manager told him and other employees to clean up used books, then cross out “used” and put “new” stickers on them. But the bookstore says that never happened.

Davis says two weeks after the alleged incident he resigned from his job. He says photos he took on his phone show a cover-up.

“I don't feel it's ethically right for the students to have to pay full prices for these used books, it's deceiving, it's deceitful and frankly it's just not honest business,” Davis said.

But the manager says it never happened. She says the store bought shipments of used books from a publisher, and that the publisher threw in some new ones at a used price. She says they sold those new books at a new price, and since she says they never were used, she thinks that’s fair.

Davis maintains it did happen, and he thinks it’s unfair to students, who often are already struggling to pay for textbooks. The bookstore says they do their best to purchase mostly used books, so that the process can be affordable to students.

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