Apples thrown in rage
ABUSE and apples have been thrown at frontline supermarket workers during the coronavirus crisis.
North Burnett grocery stores have been under scrutiny since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic due to a rise in customer demand.
Item restrictions and out of stocks became a common occurrence across the country, with panic buyers pillaging shelves.
The inability to place orders on out of stock items have led to customers venting their frustrations to employees at the Biggenden FoodWorks.
“When you’re trying to restrict people like that, they’re going to get upset,” Mr Kooner said.
“We’ve had apples thrown at our employees, someone got that annoyed by the allocations.”
Mr Kooner sympathises with his customers, believing they’re just concerned for their families.
“We don’t know where they’ve driven from either, they might be feeding a large family and they’re in desperate need of those items,” he said.
Mundubbera IGA had encountered similar issues at the start of the pandemic, as manager Angela Beutel endeavoured to address frustrated customers.
“There were occasions were our workers were getting upset when we first started fielding complaints,” Mrs Beutel said.
“It’s water off a duck’s back now, those first few weeks it wasn’t.”
Wanting to protect her staff, Mrs Beutel took an educational approach after several incidences of abuse occurred in the shop.
Many item restrictions have now been lifted.
APPLES HURLED: Biggenden FoodWorks employees Britney Spry and Tara Wayne.