Jack Goldin was furious as one should never give chase or put anyone at risk

Tribute to Jack Goldin

There was another incident where an assistant manager RJ ( I wont give his full name) went to the bank in Johannesburg to deposit the money.

He unfortunately always took the same route and one day he got robbed of the takings from the Pritchard Street Branch – which was the busiest in Johannesburg.

Instead of going back to the store and phoning the cops he gave chase to the robbers and when they saw him following they started shooting at him and there were thousands of people in the street

As it was lunchtime but this did not deter him it only spurred him on to run harder and he was catching up. They continued to fire at him and he ducked and dived – and so did numerous onlookers.

Finally the robbers saw that he wasn’t going to give up and threw the money bag on the ground and ran away.

RJ came back to the store with a wide grin on his face and said” They wont get a dime from me!”

When Jack Goldin heard the news which also hit the papers etc, he was furious as one should never give chase or put anyone at risk when robbed.

Needless to say RJ ended up working in the warehouse from then on.

The one thing that I always remember is as a  newly appointed manager I invited Jack to my wedding and he accepted and came.

I was immensely impressed that he took the time to come – he didn’t know at the time that the person he sat next to at my wedding offered me a buying job some 4 years later and I went on to become the Merchandise Director of Dion Discount Stores before moving on to my own business and finally immigrating in 1994 to Perth Australia. I almost joined Priceline in Australia and had the opportunity of catching up with Jack and Martin in Melbourne which was memorable. I went on to run a business and the started my own Art Business which has been running for some 14 years.

Now with grandkids its time to sit back and ponder over all those early years and thank my lucky stars that I had a marvellous opportunity to work with so many wonderful people !

 John Plaut (6 Years Service at Clicks)


Another incident that happened to me when I was manager of Three Anchor Bay Store.

The checkout supervisor called me to the front one day and advised me that there is a very abusive man swearing at one of our cashiers who was pregnant at the time.

I went up to the customer who was still be abusive to the cashier and by this time the cashier was crying from the abuse being dished out.

I told the customer to leave the store and his reply was “I will tell Jack Goldin about you.”

Just about  Everyone in the Sea Point and Three Anchor Bay virtually knew Jack Goldin.

An hour  went by and there was a call from June Kritzinger for me telling me that Jack wants to see me in his office now about a serious matter.

I thought at the time well if I am going to be fired then so be it – people were being fired for less – so I was told.

I went to head office and I was asked to go immediately into Jack’s office.

He immediately told me that he was disappointed in me for telling a customer to leave the store and never to do that again.

I simply said to him that I was sorry to have told the customer to leave but if he or anyone swears at one of my staff members again I would do exactly the same.

He looked at me smiled and said “That is all” and I never heard about that issue again.

Jack I found through my 6 or so years at Clicks respected people who stood their ground for the right reasons.

John Plaut (6 Years Service at Clicks)


My first story was when I was Assistant Manager to Cyril Chiert in St Georges Street Branch and one day just after lunch we got a tip off that “the old man” (Jack ) was going to visit us shortly.

Cyril was shaking in his boots as the store was very untidy after a very busy lunch time trade. He said to me “John I think I am going to be fired if Jack comes in as the shelves are empty “ We were short-staffed that day and we were doing our best to fill up as quick as we could.

Well  within 30 mins Jack walked in and the checkout lady called for Mr Chiert  to the checkout. Cyril ran to the front and met Jack. Jack went through the aisles with him and absolutely crapped him out.

Shelf by shelf , aisle by aisle, Jack then took him through the storeroom and the scolding continued. “Why are the boxes open, why are the shelves empty, where’s the staff badges” and so on

Then Jack went out of the back door and worked his way to another store.

When Jack had left Cyril called me and told me he thinks he is going to be fired and he immediately phoned his wife and told her to expect it.

Thirty minutes passed and the PA announced” Mr Chiert to the phone- Mr Goldin on the Line”

Cyril said to me “John this is it – Its over for me” as he almost in tears went to take the call.

He was on the phone for less than a minute and came back to me and said “you never believe what Jack said to me”

He simply asked me “what colour car I wanted”, and I asked him “ And so what did you say” and Cyril replied “ I told him any colour as long as its blue”

That was Jack Goldin hard as nails but a heart of gold!

John Plaut (6 Years Service at Clicks)



About Matteo Coné

Matteo joined the Clicks Brand in 1974 as a Trainee Manager and spent the first nine years of his career in operational management roles within stores. In 1983 he was promoted to the role of Buyer and joined the Merchandise Division. During the following twenty seven years, he applied his extensive buying expertise to various categories and assisted the business in growing from a small retailer to the national household name that it is today. Matteo has not only gained the respect of his many colleagues through the years, but also with the many suppliers that he has dealt with.
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