Scots store proprietor left terrified after refusing to promote alcohol to youngsters

A SCOTS store proprietor has been left terrified after a sequence of abusive incidents in direction of his employees from underage youngsters.

Shiva Kumar claims that his employees have been present process a mass turnover after being barricaded within the store, threatened and intimated after refusing to serve alcohol to youngsters.

Shiva and Shanthi Kumar.
Shiva and Shanthi Kumar. (C) Shiva Kuamar.

The store proprietor from Haddington presently owns two outlets within the excessive road together with his spouse, Shanthi, 51, however the couple now really feel that they could have to promote their enterprise as a result of lack of security for his or her employees.

The 52-year-old added that he has additionally been pressured to rent native employees as a result of previous staff even being threatened by teenagers at bus stops.

The sort-hearted businessman has now gone so far as offering lodging for employees in an effort to forestall them from struggling abuse.

Regardless of beforehand calling the police, the retailer has now conceded that he feels it’s a waste of time having been advised by Police Scotland that it’s a ‘low threat crime’.

This has left Shiva now pressured to attempt to shelter his employees by himself as beforehand they’d be verbally abused by youngsters while ready for buses again to their properties in Edinburgh.

Talking at this time, Shiva mentioned: “For the final 14 years, we have now been operating in Haddington.

“We often see 13 or 14 years previous making an attempt to purchase alcohol.

“A few of them are from a troubled background and the dad and mom find out about it however can’t do a lot as a result of the regulation is strict.

“A number of the adults are literally shopping for the alcohol as effectively. I’d say round 30% of incidents are adults – particularly on a sizzling summer season’s day.

“We’ve a really robust buoyant system whereby we ask who [the adults] are shopping for for and we take down an outline of the small print.

“We then cross them on to the police however the worst half is when the police don’t flip up for at the very least every week as a result of they assume it’s a really low threat crime.

“The youngsters come, they congregate in groups of eight or 10. One individual goes in, one will seize sweets and one will go to the alcohol.

The shops Shiva and Shanthi own.
Shiva claims that he and Shanthi have been requested to take away the CCTV cameras. (C) Shiva Kumar.

“When you go and inform them to place the sweets again they throw them or steal the alcohol and stroll away.

“The underaged will come and break into our store – they’ll block the doorway to the store. They are going to intimidate the shoppers and gained’t allow them to out.

“We’ve a zero-tolerance coverage so employees have a proper to not serve.

“The racial abuse can also be unhealthy – [teens] pull [staff’s] palms and ask them to hit them to get [the staff] to bodily abuse them, simply to allow them to name the police.

“We’ve a really excessive turnover of employees as a result of they’re not protected, particularly feminine employees. We presently have a brand new member of employees and we have now advised her to come back within the morning and to go away by 4pm.

“Not one of the native folks need to work [at the shops].

“At evening, when my employees are at a bus cease at round 10pm, they are going to be going to take a bus to return to Edinburgh they usually really feel intimidated as a result of the teenagers begin bullying them.”

Shiva additionally claims that he has now been requested by the police and the council to take away CCTV from Haddington’s excessive road.

He added: “We’ve stopped contacting the police within the final six months since they advised us this isn’t an enormous crime.

“They are saying we shouldn’t be watching anybody on the Excessive Road. We received a letter from the police and the council to take away the CCTV however we gained’t as a result of it’s our safety.

“We’ve turn into so resilient that we have now come to the conclusion that calling the police gained’t work.

“The nation wants accountable retailers and individuals who can present resilience in promoting alcohol to the best folks.

“The warrants are very pleasant to those children – you’ve received to be strict on them. They are saying you want compassion however compassion and alcohol don’t combine.”