Countdown supermarket staff, already subjected to intimidation and abuse by customers during the Covid lockdown, have been further shaken by Friday’s terror attack, Stuff reports. Countdown has asked customers to be kind to staff after a terrorist attack in an Auckland store, saying operating at alert level 4 is ‘already tough enough’. Countdown general manager of safety Kiri Hannifin​ expressed concern for the wellbeing of staff across the country, after the stabbings at the New Lynn Mall store. Support is available to everybody who needs it and, despite no indication as to when police will finish their investigation and the store can reopen, staff will continue to be paid, Hannifin said.