Supermarket staff ‘dreading’ work over constant abuse from Covid rule breakers

Essential supermarket workers who keep Britain ticking have spoken out over daily abuse they get from Covidiots flouting life-saving rules.

Staff at major retail chains, who have worked throughout the pandemic, say they are “dreading” heading into work.

Knackered shop employees say that increasing numbers of Brits are showing a “blasé” attitude to the global pandemic, The Metro reported.

One worker said: “Most come shopping with two or three members of the household, many without masks, and I’ve even had some customers come in recently to say they don’t need shopping and have just come out for a chat.”

The employee, from a Leeds superstore, fumed that staff are sticking to social distancing rules — but lazy customers are ignoring them.

And another worker, from Gloucestershire, told the Metro they were “dreading” going back to work as they had been struck off with Covid.

It comes as supermarkets were encouraged to toughen up on rule breakers as coronavirus cases surge across the UK.

Britain’s big four supermarkets — Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s — have pledged to ban shoppers if they don’t wear a mask.

Tesco said this week it would no longer “let anyone into our stores who is not wearing a face covering unless they are exempt in line with government guidance”.

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An Asda spokesperson said: “If a customer has forgotten their face covering, we will continue to offer them one free of charge, but should a customer refuse to wear a covering without a valid medical reason and be in any way challenging to our colleagues about doing so, our security colleagues will refuse their entry.”

Under current rules, people must wear a face covering in order to enter shops across the UK and supermarkets should have social distancing measures in place.

But hardworking staff are having trouble enforcing the rules, according to The Metro.

One Asda worker said customers constantly claim to be exempt with no proof.

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“I used to ask people on the front door for proof of exemption and the abuse I got was mostly from the younger generation,” they said.

Meanwhile, Asda is set to become the first UK supermarket to offer an in-store vaccine.

The coronavirus-protecting jabs will be administered to members of the public by trained pharmacy staff in a new 12-hour vaccination centre.

Asda president Roger Burnley said: "We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.”

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