A SHOP worker has spoken of the terror he felt when he was threatened by a man brandishing a knife.
Steve Morris said he felt “chilled” after the man burst into the One Stop Store in Meliden, on Thursday, evening waving the large kitchen knife.
After pressing a panic button, the shop assistant from Old Colwyn, remained took cover behind the counter, while the armed man raged that “he needed help”.
Mr Morris said: “It was a quiet evening when suddenly out of the blue there was this man dressed in a grey hoodie shouting and brandishing a large knife in front of us. I pressed the panic button on my wrist and any other panic buttons avaliable.
“There were some children outside by the door so I closed it. A friend of the knife bearer was in the shop and was trying to talk some sense into him. I stayed silent whilst my colleague was shouting at him to calm down.
“He made some stabbing type movements towards all of us with the knife, he was quite close to his friend’s throat – but he made no contact. He was shouting that he was on drugs and needed help.
“As the police arrived I opened the door and left the store, immediately followed by the aggressor. The police then tackled him and took him away.”
Mr Morris, of Old Colwyn, who has worked in retail since he was 11-years-old, said that the incident had left him unable to sleep.
He said: “It has left me feeling chilled and I haven’t really slept. It has even had an effect on my home life to a certain extent. I was off work anyway over the weekend, but I did take the Monday off. I’ve only been there for five months.
“I don’t know if we were in real danger. Although he made threatening thrusts, no real effort was being made.”
Mr Morris, who has also worked as manager of a nightclub, added that the incident hadn’t put him off from returning to his shop assistant role.
“I hope he doesn’t come back, but it hasn’t put me off retail. My parents had a shop when I was younger; I love meeting people. I have problems with my eyes as I had a stroke in 2004. If I hadn’t had a stroke, then I could have probably been a manager of a store by now.”