Woolworths says there has been a 131 percent rise in physical assaults against its staff in the last six months, compared to the same time last year.
The supermarket chain, formerly known as Countdown, is launching a campaign calling for respect in the lead up to the holiday period.
It’s also spending tens of millions of dollars on safety measures such as walkie-talkies, fog cannons and body cameras.
Head of health, safety and wellbeing Denva Wren said in the last week alone staff have been spat at, called names and shoved. She has told customers to stop it.
“Actually [customers] considering their body language, their tone and how they approach a situation – whether that’s a gap on a shelf, product quality or a genuine query. Just actually thinking and considering how you might do that when you follow up with one of our team”.
As for the additional safety initiatives, Wren said she was sad things have got so bad, $45 million has to be spent to ensure stores are safer for staff and customers.
Firstly, there is never a reason to use violence against underpaid migrant workers shipped in to stand over the self check outs of the evil Supermarket duopoly.
Secondly, fuck the evil Supermarket duopoly.
The Supermarkets who are price gouging Kiwis and driving up the cost of living inflation, have the audacity to complain about the shoplifting crime wave that is now hitting them!
It’s like a Drug Cartel complaining about a lack of courtesy!
I am not going to get angry at hungry desperate people stealing from Supermarkets!
These very same Supermarkets who have used their market duopoly position to make obscene profit margins!
These very same Supermarkets who are so manipulative and cruel with their unchecked power that they can screw over producers of food!
These very same Supermarkets who constantly lie and cheat customers!
Look, I’m not defending nor justifying any violence towards Staff members at Supermarkets but these thefts are not occurring in a vacuum eh?
The highest food inflation prices for 30 years alongside the desperation caused by the unequal sacrifice of Covid has left an enormous amount of Kiwis behind and that is why we are seeing a spike in Supermarket thefts.
We need urgent reform of the Supermarket duopoly to brings prices down.
We do not need to militarise our Supermarkets with face recognition technology!
Supermarket crime is a symptom of the 600 000 Kiwis who are reliant on food banks each month and the under regulated capitalism that allows for a duopoly.
Ignoring that is politically convenient.
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