Kriss Akabusi erupts 'kids have no sense of authority!' in fiery supermarket violence row

Kriss Akabusi

Kriss Akabusi raged at teen troublemakers on Monday morning

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 04/09/2023

- 09:07

Updated: 04/09/2023

- 15:38

The Breakfast panel had some strong views on the reports Tesco is suggesting its staff wear body cams

Due to a rise in violent attacks in its stores, Tesco bosses have offered its staff members body cameras in an attempt to curb any further disruption.

Similar approaches have already been rolled out by the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Co-op, and Eamonn Holmes and Ellie Costello were keen to discuss the move on Monday's Breakfast.

Alongside Dawn Neesom and Kriss Akabusi, it didn't take long for passions to rise over the fact that it's supermarket staff who bear the brunt of disgruntled customers' actions.

Eamonn kicked off the discussion by branding the abuse staff face as "awful" but did have a "controversial" take on the matter.

"I put it to you," he began. "I think when it comes to Tesco or Sainsbury's or Waitrose and Aldi and whoever else is out there, that it is not a police problem.

"I think they should pay for their own security because they're making enough money out of this crisis at the moment."

Neesom weighed in to agree there was "a lot of profiteering" going on with supermarkets but questioned if it was the fault of the staff in these stores.

The GB News panel

Eamonn and Ellie helmed the debate with Kriss and Dawn


"No, but I'm just saying it's not my problem either. If Tesco are making 50 percent profit on something or whatever, I just think it's a cost of living crisis out there...

"They're making enough money that they can handle the risks that go with that, that's what I'm saying."

"I heard someone saying, 'Where there's CCTV footage, the police have an obligation to investigate.' Why say that when they don't have the manpower to do that?"

Akabusi then weighed in to suggest it was a "societal" problem, "not a Tesco problem".

He protested: "This is a direct result of the defenestration of the male figure, the male figure in the home, the male figure in society.

"Young men are releasing this unbridled power because they've never experienced the force of a man at home.

"40 percent of families are single-parent families, it's not the fault of the mum at home who's doing her best, but if you haven't got a man at home to say, 'No!'" Akabusi yelled.

"Raising their voice to that young kid so that kid understands power and authority."

Eamonn interjected, however, to point out that some people may brand that kind of behaviour as "abusive" and "that is not now acceptable".

But Akabusi defended his stance by stating that highlights the very point he was making about the "defenestration" of men.

Eamonn offered up an opposing view again as he remarked how it was his mother who "laid down the law" in his house growing up.

Dawn Neesom

Dawn Neesom also took part in the debate


Neesom echoed Eamonn's point and admitted the "threat" of a stick was in the house to implement discipline but agreed with Akabusi that there is a "lack of discipline" among the younger generation.

A passionate Akabusi interjected once more to bring up a clip he'd seen of youngsters kicking down the doors of a supermarket.

When Neesom asked if he'd therefore support the plans to bring back National Service, Akabusi agreed "young males, in particular, need a rite of passage".

He even suggested that part of the scheme could be to put these teenagers in security roles at these supermarkets to experience what it's like on the other side.

"You need to serve society so that you don't kick the doors down of society when you get into your early 20s... No!" Akabusi insisted.

"Men and women came before you and built the society and you can't destroy it just like that! You need a clip round the ear, son," he concluded, prompting Neesom to remark: "Very passionate there!"

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