Workers supermarkets the U.K. can now wear body cameras to protect themselves attacks customers. More and more staff are being punched or threatened knives by angry people. Many sales assistants and checkout staff are afraid to go to work. They are stressed, and they are worried their safety. The UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco is offering its staff body cameras. A spokesperson said the number physical assaults its workers has risen by a third a year. He added that 200 Tesco employees are victims serious physical assaults each month. Thousands more are shouted and verbally abused every day. He asked the UK government to "put an end to this".
Many people say attacks supermarket staff are a sign that Britain is "broken". There has been a huge rise anti-social behaviour Britain's streets. A survey published the Daily Mail newspaper showed that 72 per cent of voters think Britain is broken. Tesco's CEO Ken Murphy said his company has spent £44 million ($55 million) trying to keep staff safe. Despite this, there has also been a big rise shoplifting. These two problems have led to higher prices. Mr Murphy wants stricter laws people who verbally or physically attack staff. He said: "Crime is a scourge society, and an insult to shoppers and [shop] workers." He said attacks staff were "unacceptable" and "heart-breaking".