All non-essential shops across the UK are reopening which means many shoppers will be hitting the high streets to make up for lost time in preparing for the Christmas period.
Shop workers have already borne the brunt of some people’s anger and frustrations during the pandemic with 76% of those responding to a recent survey experiencing more abuse, threatening behaviour and even physical assaults.
National Business Crime Lead for the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, Katy Bourne, is seriously concerned for the safety of shop workers this Christmas. She is urging the public to show nothing but respect and kindness.
She says: “The reopening of shops across the UK is welcome news for so many and will give our local high streets a much-needed financial boost. However, I do have serious concerns about the impact a Covid Christmas will have on shop workers.
“It has been a difficult year for us all in so many ways and shop workers have often borne the brunt with increased abuse and violence meted out against them. I want to make sure that the worries and frustrations of many this Christmas aren’t vented on those working long hours in our shops.
“If you are planning a shopping spree this week, please be patient and show some respect to our shopworkers.
“If there is an opportunity, do say thank you to those on the festive frontline. Kindness costs nothing and goes a long way.”
Shop workers and their families have spoken out about the abuse they have suffered this year in PCC Bourne’s moving Christmas campaign, #KeepingChristmasKind.
To watch the full film click here: #KeepingChristmasKind – full film – YouTube