Man Blasts Panic-Buying Shoppers For Shouting Abuse At His Tesco Worker Wife And Leaving Her In Floods Of Tears
In a time of such uncertainty, it's natural to have feelings of unease and even panic. But can we all try to remember how to practice kindness - or at least basic manners, yeah?
With swarms of panic-buyers hitting the shops and clearing out the shelves, it's the supermarket workers who are feeling the full brunt of coronavirus-induced hysteria. *Shakes head.*
One of these workers is Angela Breathet, whose husband found her in tears after returning from a shift at her Tesco Extra store in Inverness this week after being verbally abused by customers.
Now, her partner Allan Breathet has called out the "apocalypse-fearing" panic buyers in a furious social media rant - and its one we think everyone should hear.
Factory worker Allan, 43, said he felt "helpless" as he watched his "tough cookie" wife - a checkout team leader at her store - break down after a 10-hour shift on Sunday (15th).
"Too many people have been watching 28 Days Later and thinking we're going to run out of food, it's just got a wee bit out of hand," the dad from Inverness, Scotland said.
"My wife came home on Sunday from work - she's worked at Tesco for 25 years now and she's worked Christmases and New Years and she's never seen anything like it in her life.
"For Angela to come home and cry - she's a tough cookie, she's seen it all - but she just feels absolutely helpless.
"People working at stores are just trying to serve the public and do their best, to be called names, be shouted at and blamed for these things is past a joke.
"The Facebook post was just a rant, I can't believe how it's taken off with more than 100,000 shares, it's a bit bonkers.
"Everybody who has commented has been so supportive. All I wanted was for people, when they go shopping, to be kind and don't be aggravated."
Allan explained that Angela, 39, came home at 5pm, but instead of greeting him and their two children - Liam, 10, and Amber, 7 - in her usual cherry way, she went straight upstairs to her bedroom.
"Usually Angela comes home and says 'how are you doing?' That day she just came in and when I asked her how she was I could tell by her misdemeanour [something was wrong]," Allan explained.
"She just looked at me, walked straight past me, went into the bedroom and just lay on the bed.
"I asked 'are you ok?' and she just started crying, nobody should come home from work like that.
"The kids were wondering what was wrong with her as well. I tried to explain to them that people were speaking to her and her friends at work horribly.
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"They asked why? And said 'mum's not done anything wrong', so I had to explain to them what had happened.
"I told Angela that [seeing her like that] was a feeling of absolute helplessness. All I could do was cuddle her but I can't stop her being abused and talked to like that.
"The manager of the store was out trying to stock shelves - they're just trying to serve the public and do their best."
In a moment of frustration, Allan took to Facebook to vent his anger while urging shoppers to show staff respect.
In a post that has now racked up 242,000 likes, shares and comments, the doting husband confronted the "selfish" panic buyers.
"TO YOU SELFISH, HORRIBLE CUSTOMERS that have been in Tesco today I hope you're f***ing proud of yourselves," the post read.
"My wife has just come home from work and in tears telling me that today has been the worst day ever.
"She's had to endure being shouted at, called names and treated with no respect being told that this is her fault - that the queues are massive and why are the queues taking so long to go down?
"Why is there no toilet roll, rice, pasta and hand cleanser?
"Just to put you straight you a**holes, it's not my wife's fault and it's not the normal customers' fault.
"It's the bloody idiots like YOU that have come into the store in their thousands today and all week panic buying, being selfish and not giving a care in the world about the other vulnerable people in your community that actually need the items and food more than you.
"So to anyone that's going into any Tesco store or big retailers just remember that the people that are serving you are just trying their best!
"Just remember that just like my wife and the rest of her colleagues have more likely a higher chance of catching this coronavirus, more than you, as they've got to deal with the thousands of customers that walk through the doors.
"We've got kids at home, we have grandparents over 65 at home, so what are the chances of her getting it and passing it on to the rest of the family?
"You should be thanking the staff in the shops for being there and treating them with some understanding and most of all respect."
Allan finished his post urging others to share.
With many major supermarkets ordering more stock and opening up more capacity in their warehouses, they ensure there's going to be no shortage of food if everyone buys only what they need.
So can we let this be a reminder to smile and say a genuine "thank you" to the workers in the shops today.
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