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A Gulf War veteran has compared working on a supermarket checkout to being in a 'warzone'.
The Brit likened his current 'fear of the unknown' behind the checkout to when he was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991.
Harold claims some shoppers are even licking cash notes before handing them to staff, putting him and his colleagues at risk of catching coronavirus.
His experience is not uncommon, with union bosses reporting that some customers have thrown money at shop workers and even threatened to cough on them.
Harold told The Mirror: "The supermarket is like a warzone.
"There's always this fear on checkouts of what the next customer might bring.
"Most people apologise when I mention (about social distancing) and move back when asked.
"But there are those who aren't interested and insist the virus doesn't exist. They say it's all a lie."
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A British veteran has compared working on a supermarket checkout to being in a warzone
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The former medic, who served in a field hospital in the Gulf War, added that some shoppers have been abusive towards when he has asked them to comply with the rules.
He said: "I had a customer insist that the two-metre rule is actually a one-metre rule."
Harold claims the shopper then swore at him and told him to 'check his facts or go home'.
Harold was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 (stock picture)
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Some customers have even licked their fingers before separating cash in front of him, the supermarket worker added.
Several of his colleagues have been forced to self-isolate, although he does not know of any staff members who have tested positive.
He told the BBC that he potentially serves 10 customers with asymptomatic coronavirus every shift.
The veteran believes shoppers should be forced to wear badges if they are exempt from wearing masks.
Harold said this would stop other customers from complaining about people coming into the store without face coverings.
He thinks shoppers without an exemption would not have the gall to wear a mask under this system.
The Union of Shop Distributive & Allied Workers (USDAW) has been inundated with reports of shocking behaviour among shoppers in supermarkets.
A spokesman told The Mirror that Harold was not alone in complaining about customers licking their fingers to count out money.
They added that shoppers have also put notes in their mouths while counting coins, threatened to cough on employees, thrown money at them and been abusive.