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Please remember to shop kind and be polite to staff

Alert message sent 24/11/2021 21:23:00

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#ShopKind aims to build positivity and encourage kindness to both shopworkers and consumers in stores.
The UK’s biggest retailers, the Home Office and Crimestoppers have launched a new and timely campaign urging the public to ShopKind after the reopening of more stores and shops across the country.

Abuse and violence towards shopworkers is a bigger problem than many people might think, with at least 400 shopworkers abused every day.

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 also other customers with respect, kindness and gratitude.

The campaign is backed by the Home Office and supported by major high street retailers as well as the nation’s independent shopkeepers, and the shopworkers' union Usdaw. The ShopKind campaign will be visible across high streets and social media.

The Association of Convenience Stores’ 2021 Crime Report, published last month, 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.
Two-thirds of retailers (65%) had experienced Covid-related threats, with the most common causes of abuse being: reminding customers to wear face coverings, reminding customers of social distancing measures and queueing outside stores.

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Nathan Duffus (Police, PCSO, Oxclose)

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