Shocking moment a Coles worker is punched in the face as he attempts to stop an alleged shoplifter
- Coles staff stopped an alleged shoplifter at Pacific Werribee shopping centre
- One staff member was punched in the face by the woman last week in Vic
- The Coles employee had a gash above his eye and blood poured down his face
A Coles worker has been punched in the face by an alleged shoplifter after he confronted her during late-night shopping.
Two Coles employees stopped the alleged thief at the exit of Pacific Werribee shopping centre in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria last week.
One of the employees was punched in the face by the woman, opening a large gash above his eye and making blood pour down his cheek.
The staff member who was punched was able to get the allegedly stolen products from the woman.
Two Coles employees stopped an alleged female shoplifter at the exit of Pacific Werribee shopping centre in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria on last week
A video of the incident was uploaded to TikTok where commenters showed support for the Coles employee but believed he should not have risked his safety.
One person said: ‘Not very smart. He could have lost his life. He had good intentions but poor judgement of the situation.’
‘Whatever she tried to steal is not worth your safety. Everything on those shelves is replaceable but your life isn’t,’ another said.
One woman wrote: ‘I was taught in retail to never chase a shoplifter. I hope he’s ok.’
‘Whatever they stole is never worth your life. Chasing after a thief is such a huge risk, companies can absorb the loss of stock￼￼￼,’ another person commented.
One of the employees was punched in the face by the woman which caused a large gash above his eye and blood to pour down his cheek
A Coles spokesperson said they do not tolerate abuse or disrespect towards their team members.
‘While the large majority of our customers do the right thing, it’s not fair that a small number of people get away with doing the wrong thing,’ a Coles spokesperson said.
‘Coles is grateful to the vast majority of customers who have continued to show compassion to our hard-working team members during these busy times.’
The spokesperson said Coles works with police to reduce shop lifting in their stores.
‘There are also trained covert security officers in our stores nationally and they’re catching hundreds of thieves every week and reporting them to police.’
The staff member who was punched was able to get the allegedly stolen products from the woman (pictured: Pacific Werribee shopping centre)