Woolwich town centre’s Coffee Lounge has hired bouncers to protect staff and customers after complaints of numerous issues at the site located in Equitable House on General Gordon Square.
Welcome to Ozzy, Jay and Ali…but what has it come to when a coffee shop in the greatest city in the world needs 3 security guards to keep its staff and customers safe from abuse and intimidation. Sad day for us…sad day for Woolwich. pic.twitter.com/BM9hQzvSUL
— CoffeeLoungeNews (@CoffeeLoungeSE) July 26, 2018
In a series of damning tweets the shop’s staff complained of incidents that have not been handled by either the police or Greenwich Council.
They stated: “we’ve contacted everyone from ASB team right up to our MP but to no avail. Our staff and customers are subject to abuse, threatening behaviour and outright fear everyday.”
It raises questions as to the effectiveness of Woolwich town centre wardens often seen in the suare.
Simple truth is nobody wants to take on these individuals…the police or the council.
— CoffeeLoungeNews (@CoffeeLoungeSE) July 25, 2018
The coffee shop is an independent business that opened in Woolwich a few years ago after a tussle with Greenwich Council over serving alcohol.
Have you had many experiences or issues in the square or wider town centre? Is it a safe place day and night?