Political cash has city store hopping
By TAMARA KEMP
Stockland Rockhampton's shoe store Stompin has soul.
While most State politicians were kept busy with the sittings of Parliament in Rockhampton last week, some found the time to discover one of Rockhampton's hidden secrets.
It all started when Deputy Premier Anna Bligh bought two pairs of shoes priced at $180 each.
Manager Debbie McLellan said word about the shoe store spread quickly and in less than 24 hours, they were inundated with shoe-buying politicians.
"Anna Bligh was the first to come in on Tuesday morn- ing and bought a pair of USE shoes and a pair of mima martini shoes,'' she said.
"The next day when I came back from lunch, there were shoe boxes everywhere,'' she said.
Her sales assistant Chris Bell said the women walked into the shop with expres- sions like they had entered a candy stores.
"There were gasps and eyes lit up all over the store,'' she said.
Word spread fast in Parlia- ment even to the male poli- ticians.
"Member for Yeerongpilly Simon Finn bought a pair of Avanti (Spanish shoes) for his wife priced at $210,'' she said.
"He hand-picked them him- self and knew exactly what he was looking for.