LG executives accused of damaging store displayed Samsung washing machines
Several of LG’s senior executives have been accused by rival Samsung of deliberately “destroying” high-end washing machines at stores in Germany ahead of the IFA tradeshow earlier this month, reports Sky News.
The row between the two South Korean electronics giants ignited as Samsung requested Seoul prosecutors investigate LG’s employees, including home appliances exec Jo Seong-Jin. The employees were allegedly seen sabotaging several of Samsung’s premium washing machines which were on display in two shops in Berlin.
“The people in question have been implicated in deliberately destroying Samsung washing machines displayed at retail stores in Berlin, Germany,” said a statement from Samsung. “It is very unfortunate that Samsung had to request that a high-ranking executive be investigated by the nation’s legal authorities, but this was inevitable, as we concluded that we had to get to the bottom of this incident.”
However, LG claimed that although the machines were damaged, it was done accidentally during its employee visits to Samsung’s store as part of some routine market research. The company also blamed the damaged door of two washing machines in one store as a result of the model’s weak hinges.
LG states that employs have agreed to pay for four of the damaged machines at one store following negotiations with the German police. This is despite the fact that LG says it was only responsible for two of the damaged washers. “If our company had an intention to destroy products of a certain company to tarnish the image of the product, it would be commonsensical to not have our executives to directly carry out such acts,” said LG. “We hope that this is not an attempt to damage our reputation,” it added, and assured reporters that it will cooperate with the prosecutors involved in the investigation.