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Oct
2015
Tuesday 6th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

SHOP workers expressed fears yesterday over the new 5p charge for carrier bags, warning that it could anger customers and lead to attacks.

A survey by shop workers’ union Usdaw revealed that more than 56 per cent were abused verbally over the last year, one-third were threatened, and 3.1 per cent were physically assaulted.

And now Usdaw general secretary John Hannett fears that the compulsory 5p charge for carrier bags introduced yesterday could be a new source of friction between customers and the people serving them.

The charge is a government levy aimed at reducing waste.

Mr Hannett said: “Every day shop workers have to enforce a number of laws, like age identification. Sometimes customers can get frustrated with this and take it out on the staff. So the introduction of a new law, like carrier bag charging, can be a flashpoint for verbal abuse, threats or even violence.”

He called on customers to respect shop workers as “they are just doing their job and have to comply with the law.”

 




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