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Shop worker in Blackburn punched in argument over 5p
12:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A SHOP worker was punched in the face by a customer in an argument over 5p.
Amjad Anwar said he was serving a man in the newsagent at the Railway Road entrance to the Blackburn Railway Station, when he was attacked.
The 26-year-old received a cut to his lip.
Mr Anwar said the regular customer had thought the Picnic chocolate bar he wanted to buy cost 60p when in fact it retailed at 65p.
He said: “It was a scrap over 5p.
“The man started verbally abusing me and then he started taking his clothes off and was saying ‘are you going to fight me?’.
“Then he punched me on the lip.
“It caused a bit of swelling but the whole thing happened so quickly.
“He left the shop then came back and we ended up having another scrap.
“The third time he came back he said he was coming back for his chocolate bar.
“He said he was going to smash the shop up too.
“I find the whole thing ridiculous.
“He was one of my regular customers and I think he must have been having a bad day.
“In the end, I said he could just have the chocolate bar.”
The incident has been reported to police by a woman who had seen a fight going on in the shop, which also sells hot drinks.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We got a call just after 12.20pm yesterday (Fri) to say there had been a disturbance at Blackburn Station.
“No offences have been disclosed.”