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Geraldton Chemist Warehouse pharmacist assaulted after a customer became impatient waiting for a vaccination

A Geraldton pharmacist was punched by an aggressive customer who refused to wait for a COVID vaccination last week.

Police have described the incident as an “untidy situation” that occurred at Chemist Warehouse on Marine Terrace on Thursday, May 5.

A member of the public entered the chemist and requested a COVID vaccination.

Geraldton Police Station officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin said the suspect demanded a vaccine which was required for work purposes and was asked to wait until a pharmacist was available.

“The suspect had lost his temper, pushing items off the shelf inside the store and created quite a disturbance,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

He said an employee of the store guided the man outside when the suspect allegedly attacked him with a fist to the face around 2pm.

“He was asked to leave and as he was escorted out of the premises by one of the staff members of the Chemist Warehouse, he has punched him in the jaw,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

Pharmacist Mahmoud Elshwekh, the staff member who was allegedly assaulted, was not available to comment due to taking two days off work because of his injuries.

The customer was arrested by police at the scene and summonsed to court at a later date.

A Chemist Warehouse staff member said it was common for the pharmacy to handle aggressive customers, but the alleged assault was out of the ordinary.

Last November, a 34-year-old Kalbarri woman allegedly attempted to bribe Mr Elshwekh to falsify her COVID vaccine record. The matter was reported to police.

The woman has pleaded not guilty and is set to stand trial.

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