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Canada ‘I just froze’: Manitoba Liquor Mart employee assaulted during robbery speaks out

23:46  26 november  2019
23:46  26 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A Manitoba Liquor Mart employee says the growing number of thefts and robberies in stores is seriously affecting the well-being of staff — a problem Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries says it's working to address. The employee , whom CBC News has agreed not to identify to avoid putting his job at risk

a person in a black shirt: Randi Chase, the Liquor Mart employee punched in a robbery last week, speaks about the incident in a video posted to her Facebook page. © Randi Chase/Facebook Randi Chase, the Liquor Mart employee punched in a robbery last week, speaks about the incident in a video posted to her Facebook page.

The Winnipeg Liquor Mart employee sent to hospital after being punched in the face during a robbery last week says she was worried she'd be fired if she'd tried to intervene.

In a video posted to her Facebook page Sunday, Randi Chase said she was just 10 minutes into her shift when armed suspects charged into her Tyndall Liquor Mart last Wednesday afternoon.

“All of a sudden, just chaos,” she said of watching one suspect armed with a large knife walk past where she was standing behind the till before another rushed up, demanding cash.

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“I just froze -- I was so scared … I couldn’t even attempt to give him the money in the register … I just didn’t know what to do.

“It happened so fast ... I still can’t make any sense of it.”

In surveillance video obtained by Global News and widely shared on social media, the thief can be seen striking Chase in the head.

Police later said the employee who was punched suffered seizures and was taken away by ambulance.

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Chase said this was far from the first time she’d seen her store robbed while she was on shift.

After working at the location for eight months she said the phenomenon was so common she’d just days before talked to her manager about the robberies.

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– Liquor Mart robbery victim Randi-Lee Chase. That emotional outpouring stood out for Manitoba Government and General Employees ' Union president Michelle Gawronsky when Over the past two year the number of theft and robbery incidents at Liquor Marts has skyrocketed; police say there are

Liquor Marts . Located in various towns and cities throughout Manitoba , these retail outlets employ cashiers and product experts. Earlier today, in what can only be described as an unprovoked attack at our Tyndall Market Liquor Mart , three of our employees were physically assaulted and injured

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“We are always talking about the theft because it’s always a problem,” she said, adding she’d asked a question she now finds ironic.

“I asked ‘What is it going to take for the corporation to do something? Are they going to wait until someone gets killed or seriously injured?’

“Meanwhile, as I was saying this, I wasn’t expecting it to be me.”

In her Facebook video Chase said she and her coworkers are trained not to step in during thefts.

She said they are told they won’t be hurt if they don’t intervene. Those orders, she said, left her frozen in fear when she was confronted by the thief last week.

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“So here I am behind the counter, so hopeless, and then minutes later unconscious,” she said.

“We should be protected by our employer -- we should be able to protect ourselves.

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A rash of thefts from Manitoba liquor marts has the union for employees on a mission to put a cork in it, and also make sure staff "But we're really alarmed by the brazen nature of the recent robberies . Now people are just walking in, helping themselves and walking out … and our members almost feel

“That’s not fair -- that should not have happened.”

Just hours after the robbery and assault, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries president Manny Atwal held a press conference to announce new security measures at liquor stores.

Those measures include new secure entrances at stores where customers will have to show ID before being allowed into the location.

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Chase is hopeful the changes are enough to keep employees and customers safe.

“They are wanting to stop this now,” she said.

“I pray that no one else will ever have to go through this again."

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