Support the 6000 retailers attacked each day, simply for requesting ID
Thursday, 30 March 2017
New research carried out by Under Age Sales, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has revealed that almost 6000 convenience store workers experience verbal or physical abuse every single day as a direct result of asking customers for identification to purchase age restricted products.
Shockingly, over 250 racially motivated attacks also take place across the country each day.
Worryingly, a third of retail workers say such attacks have left them less confident in asking for ID, which raises stark concerns over whether young people may in turn have increased access to age restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco, which are potentially harmful and linked to anti-social behaviour.
According to the research, only a quarter (26%) of retailers who have experienced verbal or physical abuse when asking for ID have reported the incidents to police, and of those who did, 57% either did not receive a response, or were unsatisfied with the response they received.
One retailer told us that he was once attacked by a boy and two girls, who dragged him outside, then punched and kicked him, just for refusing a sale when the customer didn’t have appropriate ID. He reported the incident to the police, however the customer was given a verbal warning lasting just two months.
The other experiences shared by the respondents are equally shocking:
We’ve now launched a petition calling on retailers, their families and friends, and members of the public to help support us in our mission to change things for retailers. We want the government to bring in a specific sentence for magistrates to use against those who attack retailers when they’re asked for ID. Doing so would help protect retailers from fear of attack, reduce repeat attacks and deter the few members of the public who are physical towards retailers from doing so.
Retailers who want advice and guidance on the law around age restricted products, and who wish to learn more about the new training, should contact us.