Retail workers near Carl Heastie’s NYC office constantly fear being attacked on


Retail employees near state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s Bronx office say they are regularly forced to deal with violent armed shoplifters — and live in constant fear they’ll be the next Big Apple store worker attacked on the job.

“How can you not feel fear? I’m scared all the time. It could happen to me, too,” said Fkouro Mk, 60, a beauty-salon worker on same block as the district office of the powerful Albany pol — who last week infamously rebuffed proposed tough-on-crime penalties for those who violently target retail employees.

Abid Taher, 22, who works at the nearby Total by Verizon phone store, added to The Post on Tuesday, “We can’t do business like this.

“We’re scared every time — I have to keep the door locked and check to see if they have ski mask on,” the young clerk said of customers.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) is balking at supporting Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to get tough on violent criminals who attack retail workers. Robert Miller

Taher, who was once threatened with a knife when he confronted a shoplifter, said his store has been hit up by a gun-wielding perp four times in the past year alone.

“We think it’s the same person. He robs again, gets bail, and in a few days, he comes again,” the worker said, noting the last incident was just two weeks ago.

“They’re getting bail so easily. They should be getting jail time,” he said of suspects.

A frightened store clerk who works at the deli opposite Heastie’s office said he and his colleagues are regularly targeted by armed offenders, too.

“We’ve been hit so many times, and people threaten to come back and shoot us,” said the worker, who was too scared to give his name.

“Every day, we’re facing the same situation.”

Noah Ali, who works at the Best Fresh Fruit & Fish Market near Heastie’s district office in The Bronx, questioned what the powerful state Assembly speaker is doing to protect local workers. Tomas E. Gaston
Tomas E. Gaston

The employees lashed out after Heastie, their locally elected official, sparked outrage last week when he shut down Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to toughen sentences for the criminals, declaring, “I just don’t believe raising penalties is ever a deterrent to crime.”

“How can [Heastie] say no to more penalties? It will improve safety for us,” Taher, the phone store employee, said. “We don’t want to get shot over money and phones.”

Noah Ali, who works at the local Best Fresh Fruit & Fish Market, raged, “I have a question for him — if he’s saying raising the penalties are not going to work, then what is he doing about it?

“What is he doing in the first place to help us out? At the end of the day, we are the ones supporting him. We’re the businesses in this area. And it’s not what can he do, it’s what is he doing? It’s frustrating,” the 23-year-old worker added.

Michael — a 25-year-old employee at a pharmacy…

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