Enraged shopper wrecks store after refusing to follow coronavirus one-way system

A shopper has been filmed smashing two shelves of wine bottles after being told to follow the one-way system inside a supermarket.

CCTV inside the Co-op store in Lingfield, Surrey captures the enraged woman launching a foul-mouthed tirade against the staff behind the till.

She then picks up the food from below the counter and throws it across the shop.

The shopper, who wears an orange hoodie and a grey shorts, walks over to the wine section and drags dozens of wine bottles down the shelves.

Shopkeepers can be heard gasping in disbelief as the aisle covers in pool of red liquid and broken glass on the floor.

The woman hits the Perspex screen before leaving the shop, reported Surrey Live.

The outburst, which reportedly happened in May, took place after the shopper apparently being told by staff to follow its one-way system due to Covid-19 safety measures.

Britain's biggest retailers say their employees are facing an "ever-rising tide of abuse, threats and violence" by customers when they remind them of social distancing, according to The Times.

In a letter to the Prime Minister sent on Friday (September 18), retailers have called for a new criminal offence so that assaults against shop workers mean tougher penalties. The plea has been submitted by chief executives from 23 supermarkets, high street shops and industry bodies including Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Co-op, Aldi, Asda, Boots, Lidl, Homebase, Dixons Carphone, Morrisons, Nationwide, Sainsbury’s and WH Smith.

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food, told The Times: "The role played by shop workers in serving their communities is nothing short of amazing, yet they have to contend with unprecedented levels of violence and abuse on a daily basis."

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