A supermarket security guard has been smacked in the face during an early morning attack on an Asda store.
An eyewitness, who was at the 24-hour superstore at the time, said: “Lots of drama at Asda early this morning. Security guard attacked after a brawl and police were called. One of the door windows was smashed in.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Police are investigating an assault at Asda in Old Horns Crescent, Great Barr, Birmingham which took place just before 6am this morning (Wednesday 6 February).
“It’s alleged that three people were involved in an altercation with a security guard who was hit in the face, causing a minor injury.
“Enquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference 20BW/30908K/19.”
Last month, meanwhile, a checkout supervisor revealed what life is like working at one of Birmingham’s busiest supermarkets, claiming staff are ordered to scan 22 items PER MINUTE to keep up with demand.
ASDA Queslett in Great Barr makes around £1.6 million EVERY WEEK on average, according to a whistle-blower, with the giant superstore making double that amount around Christmas time.
In December, BirminghamLive reported how till workers urged shoppers to boycott its new Scan & Go service , claiming new technology – which allows shoppers to scan goods as they go – was “taking jobs and livelihoods away”.
And a checkout worker, one of more than 60 who work at the 24-hour Asda in Great Barr, has lifted the lid on what it’s like to work there – from the “freezing cold” warehouse to demands placed on staff during peak times.
The staff member, who has worked at the store for more than a decade, told BirminghamLive : “It’s all about the customer – as long as the customer feels good, that’s all that matters. That’s what management tell us.
“We always have one security guard on at all times,” our source said.
“But there’s shoplifting happening every single day, for sure. There’s a holding room where our security takes them.
“They’re caught on CCTV most of the time but what a lot of people don’t know is we have a store detective out on the floor who is always in plain clothes keeping an eye.
Source – Birmingham Mail