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Friday, March 10, 2023, 4:46 am

Overtime: Fighting violence in New York City's stores and supermarkets

NEW YORK (WABC) – On this episode of Eyewitness News Overtime, we begin with the brutal attack on a supermarket employee in the Bronx.

The worker was confronted by two suspected thieves when a brutal beating ensued.

Police are trying to identify the attacker, but are having difficulty because the man was wearing a mask.

Earlier this week, Mayor Eric Adams called on store owners to require customers to remove face masks when entering stores to help reduce retail crime.

Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon spoke with the store manager about what happened in the Allerton section.

We also delve into where this brutal crime took place, a supermarket in the Bronx, and it matters.

Supermarkets are of particular importance in this area because there are very few of them. The map shows the ratio of cafes and supermarkets across the city. The odds are high in some parts of the Bronx. In fact, the area where the latest attack took place has a ratio of 20 bodegas to one supermarket.

Compare that to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the ratio is 3 to 1. Why is this a problem? After all, many bodegas have a wide variety of food, right?

Well, quality matters, and the average quality and availability of all the foods needed for a healthy diet are much lower in coffee shops, and this has created a so-called “food desert” in much of the Bronx.

Almost half of the households in the area do not have easy access to the right and varied grocery list. This is significantly lower than the other four districts.

We’ve got that and more in Extra Time.


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