Source: NZ Herald, 4Sept, 2008
A catalogue of attacks on shop workers so far this year in Auckland includes:
- “Jan 22-year-old student Krishna Naidu stabbed to death while working in his family’s dairy in Clendon, Manukau City.
- June Father-of-two Navtej Singh shot in the chest with a .22 rifle during a raid on his liquor store in Riverton Drive, Manurewa, and died the next day.
- July Xu Mei Ying, 46, shot in the arm while working at her family’s dairy in New Lynn”.
And now a Lotto Store and Dairy (a dairy is a small convenience store) owner is just the latest victim of a rising tide of violent robberies taking place in small businesses in Auckland.
A nearby shop owner who knew the victim has himself been robbed four times yet shop keepers can do little to defend themselves:
“When we protect ourselves, we get charged – and if we don’t we get stabbed. What do we do?” he asked.”
This follows an incident on Tuesday night when a liquor store owner in Otara was charged with assault after confronting a drunk, knife carrying youth who was suspected of stealing from his store.