JB Hi-Fi’s coronavirus crisis: Staff claim customers are deliberately coughing on them and are rubbing their hands on goods
- JB Hi-Fi employees are concerned about working during COVID-19 restrictions
- All stores have limit of 100 people, social distancing, and increased cleaning
- One employee said there is ‘no regard’ to staff as customers ignore the rules
- There are calls for the company to implement more safety measures for staff
JB Hi-Fi employees have expressed their concern about having to work as customers blatantly ignore safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
All stores have implemented the Australian Government’s recommendations of social distancing and have placed a limit of 100 people in each store dependent on size.
They have also ruled out cash payments and ramped up cleaning procedures to help slow the spread of the killer COVID-19.
JB Hi-Fi stores have implemented the Australian Government’s recommendations of social distancing and have placed a limit of 100 people in each store dependent on size (JB Hi-Fi in Castle Hill)
But according to workers, customers are entering the stores simply because they’re ‘bored’, are ignoring social distancing, and coughing into their hands before touching items.
Employees are worried about contracting the deadly virus which has globally infected 1,599,819 people and killed 95,531.
A JB Hi-Fi employee who wanted to remain anonymous, said there was ‘no regard’ to staff as stores kept their doors open.
‘Yesterday, a family of four came into our store and coughed openly … multiple times, and then continued to touch multiple items while the children ran around without restraint,’ the employee told Sydney Morning Herald.
‘I’m grateful to have a job, don’t get me wrong, but it gets to a point where [you ask], ”Is our safety being prioritised over sales?” and, to be honest, I don’t think it is.
‘We are scared and desperate. Our business is doing the bare minimum of the government regulations, but as long as they continue to make money, we will be put at risk.’
Union organisation Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) requested JB Hi-Fi management implement extra safety measures for employees.
Recommendations include safety glasses at checkouts, gloves and masks for employees, and hampering down on those ignoring the rules.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted JB Hi-Fi and SDA for comment.
Employees are worried about working during the coronavirus restrictions as customers ignore the rules in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Stock)