Man charged with assault after customers brawl in Sydney Woolworths

Footage from inside the supermarket shows large a groups of customers yelling as a melee breaks out at the Woolworths at Bass Hill. Staff members and customers appear to be trying to keep feuding parties apart in the shocking video. “He hit my dad,” a man can be heard yelling as he runs around the check-outs.

A police spokeswoman told a person had later been taken into custody over the incident.

A man has now been charged over the incident.Source:Twitter

Police called after customers brawl at Bass Hill Woolies

Police called after customers brawl at Bass Hill Woolies

Police were called to a supermarket in south west Sydney yesterday after customers clashed with one another at the check out.

Police said they were called to the supermarket on the Hume Highway at Bass Hill about 12.30pm yesterday with reports of affray involving customers.

Officers were told a man, 54, was allegedly assaulted while waiting in a queue to pay for his groceries. After conducting inquiries another man, 39, was arrested at his Georges Hall home about 5.15pm yesterday. He was taken to Bankstown Police Station and later charged with common assault. He was granted conditional bail and is due in court on April 1.

Police said they didn’t believe the men were arguing over groceries.

Woolworths said in a statement the company “will not tolerate violence of any kind from customers”.

The incident occurred as panic buying shoppers across the country continue to strip supermarket shelves of essential items.

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Woolworths, Coles and Aldi have all been forced to implement buying limits on various items including pasta, painkillers and toilet paper to try and keep up with consumer demand. Despite these measures, panic buying behaviour, sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic, has shown little signs of cooling off.

Woolworths today announced an exclusive shopping hour for elderly and disabled people, in response to “unprecedented demand” for essential items.

The new move would allow those less able in the community to be able to get what they need without fear of finding empty shelves, and “missing out on vital items they may need when they shop” Woolworths said in a statement.

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Five people in Australia have now been killed by the coronavirus, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Australians on Sunday of further coming restrictions.

“We’re going to have to get used some or more changes over the next six months or so,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.

“There will be further intrusions, further restrictions on people’s movement and their behaviour.” More than 150,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 5600 deaths.

The number of virus cases in Australia has risen to more than 310.

—with AAP


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