“I’ve Never Seen Anything Like The Love People Have Had For Akram”


Yesterday afternoon.

Centra, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Tributes from customers and staff alongside a Book of Condolences for much-loved shop manager Akram Hussein, originally from Bangladesh, who died on Saturday following a foot chase after a shoplifter.

Peggy Groarke, who owns the Centra store with her husband Nathy, said:

“I was just amazed at the amount of people coming in. We’ve had local politicians, local gardaí, nurses from the Mater Hospital and doctors. He started around 5am and so he knew everyone going to work. I’ve never seen anything like the love people have had for Akram.

“The age profile of people coming in was from about 4 to 90, so he didn’t just appeal to any particular age group. The children loved him, he knew all their names.

“He had a talent that was exceptional and always had a permanent smile.”

Tributes paid to Dublin shopkeeper who died after chasing shoplifter (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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5 thoughts on ““I’ve Never Seen Anything Like The Love People Have Had For Akram”

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    His name trended on Twitter with post after post about how lovely he was and one poster saying that he remembered her after a year away. Such a sad loss.

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Broadbag

    Another victim of our failed, soft-touch, revolving door judicial system. If there were proper consequences to crime there would be a lot less of it, we’re now a country that breeds life-long career criminals.

  3. Andrew

    I wonder what Peggy and her husband paid Akram and what they did over the years to protect him?

  4. U N M U T U A L

    A sad loss indeed.
    Shops factor in stock shrinkage as a rule, for the most part within their margins… for a reason.

    Retail staff should always be made aware of this and
    also… the onus is not on staff to give chase in any circumstance for stock loss.
    No life is worth it,
    especially when cctv, an gardai, insurance policies, balance sheet expense right offs exist to protect businesses.

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