Woolworths staff member stabbed in car park

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A Woolworths staff member has been seriously injured after a stabbing in a supermarket car park south of Melbourne.

The man, believed to be 37-years-old, was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital after he was stabbed in the car park of the Rosebud supermarket on the Mornington Peninsula about 12.55pm on Tuesday.

He was treated for upper body injuries and taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police confirmed the man was a staff member who was collecting trolleys when he was approached by an unknown man and stabbed in the lower body.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Rosebud man following an incident on Tuesday afternoon.

Pictured is a police car and a police officer in the car park of a Woolworths supermarket in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula.
Police respond to a stabbing in the car park of a Woolworths supermarket in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. Source: Nine News

The store is currently closed and counsellors will visit the supermarket branch to provide support to team members.

General manager of Woolworths in Victoria, John Di Tirro, told Yahoo News Australia in a statement there was no place for violence like this in the community.

"Our thoughts are with our team member and his loved ones at this difficult time and we'll be offering them our full support,” he said.

Man charged after Coles employee allegedly struck with stick

It comes after a Coles staff member was allegedly struck with a stick outside a Barkly Street store in inner Melbourne on Monday in an unrelated incident.

Police have charged a man following an assault at Brunswick after it was alleged the man struck a staff member just before 8.30pm.

The staff member did not require medical treatment.

A passer-by who intervened and rendered assistance sustained minor injuries during the incident.

The 43-year-old man was charged with recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, assault with a weapon and possessing a dangerous article.

Coles workers and customers allegedly pinned down the stick-wielding man in Melbourne.
Coles workers and customers allegedly pinned down the stick-wielding man. Source: Twitter

He was bailed to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 30 July.

A man has also been charged with assault after tensions flared at a packed Woolworths supermarket in Sydney’s west.

Footage posted online from inside the the Bass Hill store shows a group of at least six men involved in a melee next to a crowded checkout area shortly after midday on Sunday.

Several men can be seen grabbing one another as staff appear to try and break up the altercation.

One man shouts, “That’s enough!”, while another proclaims, “He hit my dad!”

A NSW Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia a man involved in the incident had now been charged with common assault.

The 39-year-old man allegedly assaulted another man, 54, and is due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on April 1.

Woolworths employee reveals trauma of panic buying

A Woolworths employee claims staff are struggling to cope due to ongoing panic buying of essentials.

The supermarket announced earlier this month it would allow customers to only buy two packs of toilet paper at a time to ensure there was enough to go around amid fears of coronavirus.

Such has been the extent of hysteria over buying toilet paper rolls, some customers have even been filmed getting into physical altercations over it.

It’s even alleged one customer threatened another with a knife over toilet paper.

A Woolworths employee living in Victoria wrote on Facebook “people don’t understand” how difficult it has been for those working in supermarkets.

“I’ve used barricades several times this week while filling the toilet rolls and my heart was absolutely pounding while having to take pallets of toilet paper out into the aisle,” she wrote.

Picture are shoppers frantically filling up trolleys at a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney.
Shoppers at a Sydney Woolworths rush to buy toilet paper earlier this month. Source: 7News

She added she shared how she was feeling with a co-worker.

“He held out his hands to show me how much they were shaking,” she wrote.

“All because we had to fill the toilet paper rolls.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the Rosebud incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.

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