October 24, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: SF Walgreens employee scared to work after she was attacked by suspected shoplifter

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — On the heels of Walgreens closing 5 shops in San Francisco due to shoplifting, an employee is talking out a few latest string of incidents that make her really feel unsafe at work.

“I’m 63 years old. And I need to work to survive. I’m not working at Walgreens to get hurt.”

The employee, who solely desires to be recognized by her nickname of Bibi, remembers the stunning expertise she had whereas working at a San Francisco retailer in Could of 2020 when she requested a suspected shoplifter to placed on a masks.

“He turned back to me and threw a basket at me. I was hit in the forehead.”

Bibi missed two weeks of work. She scrolled by images on her cellphone exhibiting a darkish pink gash in her brow which was glued collectively on the hospital. Pictures additionally present a black eye.

Bibi says she nonetheless suffers from emotional trauma.

“I’m scared. Whenever I go to work I’m thinking, ‘am I safe? Is something going to happen to me?'”

VIDEO: Thief steals rubbish bag full of things from SF Walgreens with safety filming in plain sight

Not lengthy after being hit with the procuring basket, she says she and a colleague had been pepper sprayed by a shoplifter.

“Going to work every day your life is like 50/50. Because you don’t know if there’s a shoplifter that they’re going to do (something) to you, or is it going to be quiet and easy?” says Bibi.

Tales like Bibi’s are usually not unusual. Shoplifting together with different incidents equivalent to one from 2018 the place an individual deploys the contents of a hearth extinguisher into the shop, have been broadly documented. A now viral video taken by ABC7 Information reporter Lyanne Melendez on the Hayes Valley retailer in June, reveals a shoplifter with a rubbish bag full of things.

A safety supervisor contracted by Walgreens talking on the situation of anonymity, says she needed to communicate out regardless of issues of presumably shedding her job for doing so.

“I think someone’s life is way more important than a job.”

She described a typical day, working at varied places she oversees.

“I’ve been spit on, coughed on, stepped on, had a pee bottle thrown at me. I’ve been cut by a shoplifter, I’ve been hit by a shoplifter,” she defined.

VIDEO: One other San Francisco Walgreens to shut following months of rampant shoplifting

Each she and Bibi say regardless of the fixed menace of assault they love what they do.

“Walgreens is a family and people who have been here have been here for years. To have this family doesn’t feel like a job”

They imagine closing 5 shops will not enhance safety on the dozens of different shops in San Francisco.

“Check on your employees, don’t think of your business. Think about your people because you don’t know what’s going to happen to them. Are you going to wait for someone to die?” implores Bibi.

Walgreens offered us an announcement Wednesday saying they’ve elevated safety measures at its shops in San Francisco to 46 occasions the typical, in contrast to different areas.

A request to Walgreens company Thursday for extra particulars was not returned in time for deadline.

A good friend of Bibi’s, a buyer who was additionally attacked at a Walgreens a number of years in the past arrange a GoFundMe for Bibi to assist pay for psychological therapy.