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Spare a thought for person behind shop counter at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:42 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, SHOP staff are working hard to make Christmas shopping as stress-free as possible. But a recent survey showed that every minute of the working day one of them is verbally abused, threatened with violence or even physically attacked.

Dear Editor,

SHOP staff are working hard to make Christmas shopping as stress-free as possible.

But a recent survey showed that every minute of the working day one of them is verbally abused, threatened with violence or even physically attacked.

Incidents are more frequent in the run-up to Christmas as stores are busy, with customers stressed and more likely to take out their frustration on staff.

But verbal abuse cuts deep. Many will go home after a shift feeling upset about an unpleasant incident at work and worried it will happen again.

That is why we at Usdaw, the shopworkers' union, are running a 'Respect for Shopworkers' campaign asking shoppers to keep their 'cool' at Christmas.

With the season's greetings

John Hannett, General Secretary

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

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