Things are getting pretty serious over at Greggs. To the point where the bakery giant has been forced to employ bouncers in order to stop people stealing sausage rolls. Yes, this is happening guys.
One of the outlets being given a bouncer is just a five minute walk from the Den, Millwall’s famous football ground in Bermondsey, south east London.
One staff member at the shop said he was often so scared working there that he was grateful for the extra help.
He admitted: ‘Every weekend, there is usually a fight. It’s a very small store so people try and steal things and we’ve even had people try and smash the glass. ‘Speaking for myself, I’m really glad that he’s here to protect myself and staff.’
Football fans have also noticed the hired help. In September, Conor Pope Tweeted: ‘The Greggs at South Bermondsey literally has a bouncer today for Leeds away at Millwall.’
The guard is understood to be a full time employee, even working on quiet week days. The chain has more than 1,700 UK stores, with one in almost every town.
Its headquarters are in Newcastle, and the city’s main store also has a bouncer on the door, much to the amusement of visitors.
Mia Wells tweeted: ‘Only Greggs would have a bouncer at 3.15am. I love you Newcastle.’ Barry St Germain added: ‘Careful, it’s posh up there.
I went to Newcastle and the @GreggsOfficial had a bouncer – how posh is a place where the Greggs has a dress code? Probably need a dinner jacket at Nando’s.’
Other ‘bouncers’ have been spotted in Manchester, Nottingham and Derby. Two branches in Salford were given security following knife raids. Robert Smith tweeted: ‘I spent all of my first term at uni insisting to all the southerners that Derby wasn’t in the north.
Then on a night out back home, I noticed that the Greggs had a bouncer on the door to stop people getting too rowdy.
‘Hmm, okay, maybe those southerners had a point, I thought.’ And Judith Dunning-Kruger added: ‘There’s a branch of Greggs in the centre of Manchester that has (or had) a bouncer outside!’
Many Greggs now open late at night to accommodate clubbers who’d rather eat a pasty than a kebab on the way home.
A spokeswoman for Greggs said: ‘All our shops have robust security systems in place which are reviewed regularly on a shop by shop basis. ‘Occasionally additional security measures are put in place, including the provision of security guards in shops.’
Source – The Metro