Woolworths staff in Melbourne fears for their safety after customers throw CHICKENS on their heads

Staff at a suburban Woolworths supermarket in Melbourne have been left fearing for their safety amid complaints of customer abuse and lack of security

Woolworths staff fears for their safety after clients throw CHICKEN on their heads and threaten to stab them

  • The staff of Woolworths has been left fearing for their safety after the abuse of the client
  • Claims, from a Melbourne store, include threats of stabbing towards staff
  • An employee even said that a restless customer threw a chicken on his head
  • But the giant supermarket responded, claiming that the reports have been "very few"

Holly Hales for Daily Mail Australia

The staff of a suburban supermarket has been left fearing for its safety amid claims of client abuse and lack of security.

Concerns have led to more than 50 workers joining together to fight against ill-treatment, at the Woolworths store in Moorabbin, southeast of Melbourne.

And while retailing is a synonymous industry of an agitated public, a worker has gone so far as to claim that a customer threw a chicken at his head.

Staff at a suburban Woolworths supermarket in Melbourne have been left fearing for their safety amid complaints of customer abuse and lack of security

Staff at a suburban Woolworths supermarket in Melbourne have been left fearing for their safety amid complaints of customer abuse and lack of security

Andrew Berecz, who works at the store's delicatessen, said the incident happened because of the client's belief that they had not served him quickly enough.

"She got more and more agitated and finally threw the chicken in my head on the counter," he told The Age.

"She was saying that I was going to make her lose my job and that I was below her, she was undermining me … there was no security guard there at that moment, there is no one there to stop that kind of behavior."

Other allegations include threats of violence towards managers and a regular flow of verbal abuse directed at employees.

Mainly, the staff advocates a full-time security guard instead of just before 7 p.m. They had a guard from 7 p.m. until midnight until that service stopped abruptly from Monday.

But despite the accusations, the supermarket giant said it had already taken action against complaints reported in the store.

Mainly, the staff advocates a full-time security guard instead of just after 7 p.m., a service that came to an abrupt halt since Monday.

Mainly, the staff advocates a full-time security guard instead of just after 7 p.m., a service that came to an abrupt halt since Monday.

Mainly, the staff advocates a full-time security guard instead of just after 7 p.m., a service that came to an abrupt halt since Monday.

"We have found very few cases of poor customer behavior in our Moorabbin store in the last year, and in the few cases where we have seen poor performance, we have taken aggressive action in response, including the banning of a customer at the store." said a representative of the company.

But this is not the first time Woolworths has been embroiled in a controversy among workers this week. A Big W employee has received a half-million dollar payment for a work-related accident.

The agreement came after it was revealed that the company hired a private investigator to discredit the seriousness of an injury suffered at work.

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