London news 'I was absolutely knackered': Tesco employee on a supermarket during Covid Uk news
PremierLeague-News.Com - From panic buying to frustrated customers, supermarket staff have dealt with a lot
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Working in a supermarket is traditionally an occupation that is considered to be ‘low-skilled’, but in the last year, has proven to be one of the most difficult jobs to do, as supermarket workers were catapulted to the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the lockdowns and varying coronavirus restrictions, supermarket staff have worked harder than ever before to provide food safely to the nation. One of those workers was Bryan Roberts, 48, who joined the Pinner Green Tesco, in Harrow, as a customer service assistant on March 23 last year - the day when Boris Johnson officially announced the first lockdown. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. The Pinner Green Tesco had sparse shelves in March He lost his job through redundancy in January last year and recognised there was a demand for supermarket staff so took the leap and applied for the job. He started the job at an unenviable time - amid the chaos of panic buying in March last year. “It was a real baptism of fire given that it was the height of the panic buying,” he said. “Every single section was getting battered day in day out, it wasn’t just particular categories. “What started off as hand soap then spread across all different categories, fresh, frozen, household, health and beauty.
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The panic-buying spread to all sections of the store
Restrictions on purchases were introduced in March across most supermarkets to prevent panic-buying and ensure food was available for the most vulnerable customers. Before this, Bryan witnessed many frustrated customers who could not access the products they wanted. In one particularly memorable moment, Bryan recalls a mother, whose son was gluten intolerant, was left 'really upset' after panic-buyers resorted to purchasing the Free From range as shelves grew sparse.
The chaos of the early days of the pandemic in the UK took a toll physically and emotionally on supermarket staff. Bryan said: “The sheer intensity of work, trying to keep on top of keeping the shelves as full as you possibly could, you were sort of fighting a losing battle. “I’ve been an office worker for most of my career so I was absolutely exhausted. “I very quickly learnt that the myth that supermarket work is some low-skilled endeavour is a really big mistake. There is a lot of skill that goes into it and it was mentally and physically challenging so I was absolutely knackered in the first couple of months.
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