SGF asks public to #SayThanks to retail workers

Scottish Grocers’ Federation is asking people to express their appreciation for the role convenience stores have played during the pandemic.

The SGF has issued the call as part of a campaign after the Protection of Workers Act coming into law. The trade body is highlighting the new measures through it’s Don’t Put Up With It Campaign, which champions a zero-tolerance stance against trouble in stores.

And, while it urges retailers to report every crime they witness in their shops, it encourages shoppers to say thank you to those serving them and also post a picture on social media of their local shop using the hashtag #SayThanks.

SGF Chief Executive, Dr Pete Cheema, said: “We all know that, at work, a little thanks can make a terrific difference. Local convenience stores have been there for us like never before during coronavirus to ensure we can shop safely. Staff really have gone above and beyond to serve their communities, showing remarkable dedication and kindness.

“So, the next time you pop around the corner for some essential supplies, #SayThanks. If you’re grateful that your local store is there; if you’re grateful they’ve been there during the pandemic; if you want them to stay there as long as you are, #SayThanks.”

The Don’t Put Up With It campaign is being made possible as part of a £50,000 package from the Scottish Government to tackle retail crime. SGF is working with the charity Crimestoppers, its youth programme Fearless and Police Scotland to spread the message.