A UK shopper was so incensed over a supermarket’s coronavirus safeguard that she ransacked a wine display, as seen in wild closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage first posted by the Telegraph and other UK outlets.
The video was recorded at the height of lockdown in May — but is just now going viral as retailers experience increased abuse from customers over coronavirus precautions, reports Surrey Live.
The incident, which occurred at the Lingfield High Street Co-op grocery store in Surrey, was sparked after staff reprimanded the female shopper for ignoring the one-way system they implemented to enforce social distancing.
She was none too pleased about the reminder. In the dramatic clip, the disgruntled customer can be seen ripping down the contents of two whole liquor shelves, causing wine bottles to shatter on the floor, leaving a puddle of red wine and broken glass in the aisle.
“I’ve done nothing wrong!” the shopper can be heard screaming as she slams her hands against a partition meant to shield employees from the coronavirus.
Social distancing-sparked tantrums aren’t limited to stores across the pond. In July, an Arizona woman filmed herself tearing down a face mask display inside a Target, while a Panera bread customer in California analogized COVID-19 covers to trying to contain farts in pants in a hilarious meltdown.
Unfortunately, retail rampages have become so prevalent that UK chains — including Co-op — have petitioned the government to impose steeper penalties on those who assault shop employees.
Co-op Food chief executive Jo Whitfield commended store staffers on their courage in the face of the violent outbursts: “The role played by shop workers in serving their communities is nothing short of amazing,” she told the Times, “yet they have to contend with unprecedented levels of violence and abuse on a daily basis.”
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