How to stop people hassling street kiosk workers
January 17, 2012 7:06 AM Subscribe
My friends' street kiosk: They are suffering bullying by drunkards and feral 14 year olds. Suggestions for how to deal?
posted by yoHighness to human relations (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I love my friends' street kiosk where they make very tasty food, play music and also feed local musicians in exchange for playing tunes.
Sadly, folks from bad areas in town (who spend their day drinking in the central area of town) visit them in groups, demanding free food. Also, feral 14 yr old truant kids are bullying them relentlessly. They steal stuff off the counter and threaten them saying e.g. they will burn down the kiosk. Since it's a street kiosk they can't withdraw, so are exposed and have to deal with it some way.
I've witnessed some of it myself again just earlier in my lunch break, when people several times butted into conversations I was having, demanding money and cigarettes and aggressively demanding I explain why I wasn't giving out stuff for free.
My friends are not tough. They're the sweet and gentle types who try to reason and patiently explain over and over again they can't afford giving out free food (when their business is not even making money yet). They don't seem to want to go to the police either (which I've reluctantly suggested). But they just keep getting harassed - the customers get it too - and it's getting them down. I would like to do something for them - most grateful for any suggestions on how to improve the situation. This is in the UK. Thank you!