A shopping centre security guard and a suspected thief engaged in a fiery altercation in the primarily middle-class suburb of Balcatta in Perth’s north.
The incident, captured on camera, shows the security guard and a woman tugging on a Coles shopping trolley filled with groceries, including soft drinks.
The argument escalates as the woman insists she paid for the items and showed the purchases to a female shop attendant.
The security guard doesn’t believe her story and demands she returns with him to the shopping centre, holding onto the trolley to stop the woman from going anywhere.
It’s currently unclear how the incident ended, and a spokesperson for Coles confirmed that the incident wasn’t reported to the Western Australia Police.
Meanwhile, store owners in Perth have expressed concerns about the spike in shoplifting.
An IGA supermarket manager reveals that her store loses thousands of dollars weekly due to thieves hiding their stolen stash in bags and clothes.
Charities have also reported that increasing costs are pushing families to the brink.
The Reserve Bank recorded its 10th consecutive interest rate rise on Tuesday after inflation recently rose to its highest level in Australia in 32 years at 7.8 per cent.
The increasing struggle to make ends meet due to the soaring cost of living has seemingly resulted in these incidents. The situation is worrying, and solutions must be found to address it.