A 15-year-old boy has been charged in reference to an unprovoked assault on a Winnipeg liquor retailer employee, the newest in a string of brazen retail thefts plaguing the town.
The union representing employees on the provincially owned Liquor Marts say the epidemic of thefts in Manitoba has reached a harmful degree and one thing pressing must be carried out.
“This case is totally uncontrolled, not simply in our Liquor Marts but additionally in personal retail shops, too,” stated Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Authorities and Common Staff’ Union.
She referred to as on the provincial authorities to carry key gamers to the desk — together with legislation enforcement, addictions and social companies, personal retailers, unions and authorities officers — to discover a resolution.
“It will take all of us working collectively to get this disaster below management,” she stated.
Robberies at liquor shops within the province have been spiking for greater than a 12 months, with thieves boldly swarming the aisles and filling backpacks and different luggage with armloads of bottles earlier than strolling previous employees, who’ve been warned to not intervene out of worry of assaults.
At occasions, employees have been threatened with weapons, together with knives and pepper spray. In different circumstances, thieves have picked up bottles and used them as weapons, too.
However it reached a brand new degree of violence on Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg.
Watch safety video of Wednesday’s assault: