Woolworths has pulled knives and scissors from stores across the country after a customer was allegedly stabbed at a supermarket in Melbourne.
The shocking incident unfolded at a supermarket at Barkly Square shopping centre on Sydney Road in Brunswick, just before 8am on Monday.
One of the alleged victims, a 60-year-old man, was waiting to pay for his groceries when he heard yelling from another person waiting in the queue. He turned and was then allegedly stabbed by a 20-year-old man.
On Wednesday, Woolworths said knives and scissors would temporarily be pulled from sale nationwide.
“The safety and wellbeing of our team and customers is our top priority,” a Woolworths Group spokesperson said.
“Following a distressing incident at one of our Victorian stores, we’ve taken the precautionary step of temporarily withdrawing knives and scissors from sale nationwide.
“We’re undertaking a risk assessment on our store safety controls before determining our next step.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate the understanding of our customers at this time.”
After the customer was allegedly stabbed, the alleged assailant then ran into an electronics store and police tried to negotiate with him.
They used a taser to arrest the 20-year-old Brunswick man and he was taken to hospital with self-inflicted injuries.
The 60-year-old and security guard were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
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