A young shopkeeper says she could not defend herself against six teenage girls as they landed punch after punch on her face and body while she tried to take refuge in the back room of a South Auckland dairy.
Bright yellow signs announce no cigarettes are sold at Calgary St dairy, off Auckland's busy Dominion Rd, and owners Una and Andy Granger will serve you behind heavy set bars.
Dairies that have taken tobacco off their shelves in the face of relentless robberies are paying a hefty price to stay safe.
It's been just over a year since Joe and Taryn Taurima stopped selling tobacco products at their Omapere g.a.s. service station in Northland, but they have no regrets despite losing customers and half a million dollars in annual turnover.
EIGHT out of 22 Gisborne retail outlets sold cigarettes to minors, the worst results of a controlled purchase operation in Gisborne’s history.