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Female shopper SPITS on retail worker in shocking video as aggressive over Covid rules grows #englishheadline #Female #shopper #SPITS #retail #worker #shocking #video #aggressive #Covid #rules #grows

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Retail workers have become the target of feral shoppers with staff subject to death threats, violent attacks and even being spat on by angry customers refusing to follow Covid rules.

Business owners said they ‘hadn’t seen anything like it’ in the two decades since they opened their Dymocks book store at a busy shopping centre in Melbourne‘s CBD. 

Retail workers said they felt more ‘like bouncers’ than shop assistants with the number of aggressive customers on the rise.  

Pictured: A man lays unconscious on the escalator after being attacked by a man who did no want to check-in

One female worker at a nearby Victoria Secret store, who asked a maskless shopper to check-in, had a pile of clothes thrown in her face and was then spat on. 

In another shocking incident, a male staff member tasked with enforcing QR check-ins was knocked unconscious. 

Horrific footage shows the sickening act unfold as a shopper strikes the worker at the top of an escalator sending him crashing to the ground with his motionless body rolling all the way to the bottom of the staircase. 

That same day, two other staff were also attacked at the store.

One was slapped in the face by an older woman and on the other occasion a ‘well-dressed middle-aged man’ lunged at the young, terrified worker. 

‘To have three physical attacks on innocent booksellers just doing their job is a very bad day,’ owner of the Dymocks franchise Melissa Traverso told A Current Affair.

‘Who would have thought that working in a bookshop as a bookseller would be a dangerous occupation.’

A female worker (right) at Victoria Secret store, who asked a maskless shopper to check-in (bottom left), had a pile of clothes thrown in her face and was then spat on

A female worker (right) at Victoria Secret store, who asked a maskless shopper to check-in (bottom left), had a pile of clothes thrown in her face and was then spat on

Maddie, who works on the front line at the book store said she wasn’t ready for the onslaught of abuse.

‘I expected people would be annoyed about having to check-in and show their vaccine certificate but I didn’t expect them to be so abusive about it,’ she said.

‘One man screamed at me and said “you don’t have the right to ask me for my personal details”.

‘It feels like you are constantly preparing to fight someone or defend yourself. I just don’t understand why people think it’s our fault.’

In others cases, a worker was ‘showered with a boiling cup of coffee’ by an irate customer, and another was rammed with a shopping trolley.

The grim situation is equally as bad in the hospitality sector. 

One small café owner in Melbourne was randomly targeted by anti-vaxxer vandals who sent him a death threat if he ‘does what Dan Andrews says’. 

Briki owner Mr Kandias holding the threat found taped to his cafe and standing in front of his smashed window (pictured)

Briki owner Mr Kandias holding the threat found taped to his cafe and standing in front of his smashed window (pictured) 

Symeon Kandias arrived for work at Briki café on Monday to find shattered glass on the pavement and a brick through the shopfront window of his shop in Thornbury in the city’s inner north. 

‘Do what Dan Andrews says and we will burn down your shop and kill you, motherf**ker,’ a note taped to the front door of the Hutton Street store read. 

Mr Kandias said he has never made a political statement and was just adhering to vaccination rules that all hospitality venues are required to follow to re-open. 

‘I’m still in shock. Is it just a threat or will they follow through? Will there be people coming tonight?’ Mr Kandias told 9 News on Monday afternoon. 

He said he and his five staff were vaccinated, wore masks while serving customers, and he displayed QR code check-in signs are required.

Mr Kandias runs the small business in Melbourne's north (pictured) and says he has never made a political statement

Mr Kandias runs the small business in Melbourne’s north (pictured) and says he has never made a political statement

Early on Sunday morning CCTV, caught the vandal walking along Hutton Street holding a brick before he hurled it through the window of popular restaurant GRK Greek Kitchen and Bar.

Footage shows him returning an hour later the throw a brick through the shopfront of the nearby Thornbury Taphouse bar.

Effie Stratkis from GRK said the attacks were the last thing struggling businesses needed after months of being unable to open their doors. 

‘We don’t make the rules we just follow them, so it’s a shame to take it out on a small business,’ she said. 

There are now rising calls from retail groups to allow unvaccinated customers back into stores in a bid to stop the wave of violent assaults and take the pressure of vulnerable retail workers. 

CCTV captured a man throwing a brick through the front windows of the Thornbury Taphouse (pictured) and GRK Greek Kitchen and Bar on Sunday morning

CCTV captured a man throwing a brick through the front windows of the Thornbury Taphouse (pictured) and GRK Greek Kitchen and Bar on Sunday morning 

The Thonrbury Taphouse

GRK Greek Kitchen and Bar

The Thornbury Taphouse bar (left) and GRK Greek Kitchen and Bar on the same street were also targeted by a vandal on Sunday 

Australian Retailers Association claimed there have been thousands of incidents across the state since the latest stay-at-home orders were lifted in October. 

Victoria endured six lockdowns since the Covid pandemic hit Australia with Melbourne claiming the unenviable record of most locked down city in the world. 

‘The timing and the stop-start nature of the vaccine checking requirement, following freedoms experienced by unvaccinated Victorians, has been extremely challenging for retailers to manage,’ ARA chief executive Paul Zahra wrote in an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews.

‘We also repeat our strong recommendation that vaccination checking is brought into line with the restrictions in place within NSW, which lift on December 15,’ he wrote.

‘As borders ease domestically and internationally, it makes no sense to have Australia’s two biggest states at odds around these matters causing unnecessary cost and confusion to business and customers.’



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