Retail store employees have begged shoppers to show restraint and stop attacking them as another chaotic Black Friday sweeps through stores.
Members of the Usdaw workers’ union issued a plea for calm ahead of one of the year’s busiest shopping days, which have seen ugly brawls break out in previous years.
Research for the union claims that one in ten workers on shop floors have been physically attacked in the past year – and fear that Black Friday will send the figure far higher.
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A spokesman for Usdaw, which represents some 400,000 shop workers in the UK, said: “Incidents of violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers are already worryingly high, interim figures from this year’s survey suggest that nearly half of shopworkers were verbally abused last year and a quarter were threatened.
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“Almost 10% of shopworkers have been assaulted and worryingly nearly a third of them don’t report the incident.
“My message to shoppers is clear. Enjoy your bargain hunting, keep your cool and respect shopworkers.”
Although the post-Thanksgiving day of sales began in the US, in recent years it has spread to Britain and other Western countries.
Though huge savings can be had as stores clear their shelves ahead of Christmas, animalistic scenes in some stores have led to the day being turned into an indictment of consumerism.