Originally Posted by pictish
not sure why wearing black trousers and a black jacket/fleece combo with writing on the breast pocket[ like 100s of other companies] makes you a knobhead but oh well.
Sorry, that may have been a bit harsh.
I know a few lads who do or have worked as security staff at Curry's, Dixon's, Halford's, etc. They see the shop as "their shop" and anyone who crosses with them on their turf, if they can get away with it, will dealt with harshly. The public's perception of prison officer's is that they're "Rent-a-cop's" supplied by Group 4. If you go into a shop who also use rent-a-cops for security, and you're in uniform, they're going to see you as thinking you're one up from them and they will mess with you.
You have to remember that you're not working for a factory or small company, you're a representative of a statutory agency. If you check your policies on uniform, it will state quite clearly that you should not wear your uniform in public when off duty or not on company business, or it should at least be covered up.
BTW, Halford's staff are useless. Last time I went in there for spark plugs for an Alfa 156 V6 and was given a set of 4. The lad behind the counter just didn't get it at all when asked,
"...and that's for the V6 is it?".
"A set of 4?"
"For the 6 cylinder engines?"