I'm manager of little charity shop, I was working on my own (as usual).
A gang of kids (young teenagers) were running up and down the street, kicking a football against the shutters, trying to break in by squeezing past the shutters, threatening us, they climbed on top of the counters at the chip shop next door, they tried setting their football on fire, and they chased a mentally disabled customer across the road shouting at her.
I wanted to just close early but couldn't leave. If the police ever showed up they were going to have to wait with me while I shut the shutters.
I'd been barricaded in for about an hour. Police had been called three times but still hadn't shown up. The last three customers had to leave together for safety.
I eventually got out and got home. Took my chance when the kids got into the closed shop next door and started trying to kick in people's doors there. Got the shutter down and made a dash for it. Police never showed up, never called me (they have my number after three 999 calls).
I called local police station to ask if they could tell me if anyone had responded and if there would be any patrols in the area. I brought up the issue of a call handler getting snarky with me on the phone and no one appearing after an hour of being barricaded in the shop.
The police station got very defensive. She was completely shutting me down when I raised the issues of no one showing up and the 999 handlers not seeming to take me seriously. I was able to directly quote the snarky guy and she still kept saying, "I don't believe a call handler would speak that way." She also couldn't (or wouldn't) confirm that police had ever appeared or whether they would turn up if the same thing happened tomorrow.
I was supposed to be working today, but have decided to just shut the shop for the day. Feels really wrong to be letting those little arseholes win even for a day but if the police aren't going to show up and customers aren't going to be safe.... Just gonna eat pizza in bed today.
Next time anyone asks why Govan has high unemployment I'm going to show them this post. Those little shits are making it impossible for anyone to run a business.
I've been told to report it to the news stations, but this wouldn't even be considered newsworthy anymore. There have been so many reports similar to this that the news stations aren't even reporting instances where nobody died. The cops don't have a 'give a fuck' to spare, and apparently neither does the rest of the country.
Kids cause trouble here all the time - they don't need a reason. Usually they stand outside our shop door demanding to see boobs and licking their lips with their hands down their pants while asking passers by 'do you smoke?' They claim they own Govan and can do what they want - then the police don't bother backing up the rest of us and pretty much confirm that they CAN do what they want.