NIGHTMARE SHOPPING: 400 shopworkers abused every day as the public is urged to ‘shop kind’
400 shopworkers abused every day as the public is urged to ‘shop kind’ in the wake of alarming Crime report.
At least 400 shopworkers are abused every day according to a 2021 Crime Report from the Association of Convenience Stores’. It comes as the UK’s biggest retailers, the Home Office and independent charity Crimestoppers have today rallied together and launched a new campaign urging the public to ShopKind after the reopening of non-essential stores and shops across the country.
The #ShopKind campaign urges the public to be mindful of shopworkers’ essential role in supporting people during these difficult times and emphasises that we should all treat workers and other customers with respect, kindness and gratitude.
The Association of Convenience Stores’ 2021 Crime Report shows that over the past year there have been over 1.2 million incidents of verbal abuse, and around 40,000 incidents of violence against people working in convenience stores. Of these, more than a quarter involved a weapon, such as a knife, hammer, axe, or syringe.
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