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Support the UK retailers who are attacked for requesting ID

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Retailers act as the front line in protecting young people from accessing potentially harmful, age restricted products including alcohol and tobacco, fireworks, knives and more.

However, recent research 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, raising stark concerns that young people may, in turn, have increased access to age restricted products which are also 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.

The research was commissioned by Under Age Sales, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).

The trio have launched this petition, which calls on the public to support them in bringing in stricter sentencing powers for magistrates to use against those who commit violent crimes in store as a direct result of being asked for age verification.

Tony Allen, managing director of Under Age Sales, a social enterprise which specialises in helping retailers prevent underage sales, said: “Retailers told us they have been spat on, threatened with knives and some have even received death threats – simply for asking for age verification. This is unacceptable and it’s time for change.

“Requesting ID from someone you suspect may be underage is a lawful practice for retailers, which should never be met with the threat of abuse or physical harm. While there are currently measures in place to protect retailers from general in-store violence, it is time to delve deeper into the specific activities which trigger these reactions, and begin to place sanctions against those who commit them.

“Our mission now, with the support of retailers, the public, MPs and police officials, is to ensure Parliament takes these findings seriously, and supports us by bringing in stringent and stricter sentencing powers against those who find it acceptable to become aggressive and inflict harm as a result of being asked for ID. As such, we need to public to get behind our cause, sign our petition and show Parliament the UK wants to protect its local retailers."

Please sign this petition and help protect UK retailers from the threat and harm of abuse and physical violence.



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