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Arlene Foster calls out shop worker abusers

The First Minister condemned ‘selfishness and abusive behaviour’.

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First Minister Arlene Foster has spoken of her disgust at reports of shop workers being abused over hand sanitiser supplies (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster has spoken of her disgust at reports of shop workers being abused over hand sanitiser supplies (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster has spoken of her disgust at reports of shop workers being abused over hand sanitiser supplies (Liam McBurney/PA)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has expressed her disgust at reports of shop workers being abused over hand sanitiser supplies.

Arlene Foster made her remarks as the alcohol rubs have become an in-demand item around in the world in the battle against coronavirus.

Speaking at the Northern Ireland Executive’s daily press briefing on Friday, Ms Foster praised front-line healthcare workers and school teachers who are stepping forward to look after the children of key workers, as well as bakeries, restaurants and shop workers.

“These people are the very embodiment of what I talk about when I say there is a need to embrace a giant spirit, the spirit of Northern Ireland,” she said.

The behaviour is disgusting, I will not stand for it and I will call out selfishness and abusive behaviour whenever I see it

She then revealed her disgust at reports of shop workers being abused over supplies.

“This community doesn’t need selfishness and certainly doesn’t need abuse,” she said.

“I was told today in one of my local chemist shops that workers were being abused because they didn’t have hand sanitisers available.

“Now I have to say these abusers need to be called out, the behaviour is disgusting, I will not stand for it and I will call out selfishness and abusive behaviour whenever I see it.”

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