Vulnerable on the front line

Vulnerable on the front line

Vulnerable on the front line

First published in Opinion

IN a number of different ways, shop staff often get the bad end of the deal.

How many of us in our daily working lives face the prospect of violence or the threat of it?

That certainly applies to employees in certain areas of the retail sector as the events of the past couple of weeks have shown. Four cowardly raids on commercial premises, including three convenience stores, have highlighted the vulnerability of those in the front line.

Like burglaries, such robberies leave victims traumatised. And in both types of crime, the punishment is invariably not enough.

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6:46pm Fri 2 May 14

ProudofBoscombe says...

As someone who works on the tills in a convenience store I can say that an armed robbery is pretty low on the list of things I worry about. They are, thankfully, very rare. Of far more day to day concern is the rude, arrogant, behaviour of some of the Great British Public, the drunks, the people who clearly have issues and decide to take it out on shop staff.

Having said that, most people are very nice, and in particular I would mention those visitors from abroad whose manners and polite behaviour puts that of the natives to shame.

Armed robbery? Well, touch wood, it's never happened to me.
As someone who works on the tills in a convenience store I can say that an armed robbery is pretty low on the list of things I worry about. They are, thankfully, very rare. Of far more day to day concern is the rude, arrogant, behaviour of some of the Great British Public, the drunks, the people who clearly have issues and decide to take it out on shop staff. Having said that, most people are very nice, and in particular I would mention those visitors from abroad whose manners and polite behaviour puts that of the natives to shame. Armed robbery? Well, touch wood, it's never happened to me. ProudofBoscombe
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