Monday, November 15, 2010

Company Policy

I've had a couple questions lately about this via email, so I'll clear a couple things up real quick.

I work at a chain convenience store on a major North-South highway. I work nights. Alone. I'm 5'7 and about a hundred pounds of well-packed attitude.

But attitude won't save me if someone decides to rob the store. Attitude will do nothing to deter a large man if he decides he's going to put his hands on me. Attitude won't save my life if someone decides to kill me.

But company policy clearly states that I'm not allowed to carry a weapon. Never mind that I've been approved for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and can carry my gun anywhere else, my company tells me I'm not allowed.

If the store is robbed while I'm there, I'm to hand over the cash in the register and press the panic button. A panic button that has to be held down for three seconds to send a signal to law enforcement, who may then have to come from the other side of the county.

I'm fine with handing over the cash. They want it, they can have it.

I am not fine with the possibility that I will not be able to hold that button for a full three seconds (three seconds is a LONG time to do something when the excrement hits the rotating blades) if the guy across the counter decides he's going to take a little rape with his quick cash.

I am not fine with the possibility that a robber will become angry when I have a low amount of cash in my drawer and am unable to get him more money from the safe, and decide to take his anger out on me. Or that he may think I know some kind of magic code to open the safe, or make it spit out money more often than once every two minutes.

I am not fine with the idea of being beaten, shot, stabbed, raped, or otherwise assaulted because my company doesn't think I'm smart enough to safely carry a gun while I'm working for them.

I will abide by any company policy that does not directly impair my ability to provide for my own personal safety, in a manner guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

The Second Amendment trumps company policy. So does my life, and my safety. Period.

12 comments:

David said...

Amen.

bluesun said...

I've been toying with this with my school's "victim disarmament program" as well...

Old NFO said...

Amen is right... YOU are important, the rest of the stuff, not so much!

RagDragger said...

Always better judged by twelve
than carried by six.

George Patterson said...

Good for you! That said, it might be better not to post this where other company people might find it?

Gay_Cynic said...

As always, you are remarkably sensible. As both you and NFO point out...you're important - stuff, not so much. Would that more folks were as sensible as you...

Matt G said...

I'm Matt G, and I approve of this message.

Anonymous said...

+1. Here is why

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/16/convenience-store-clerks-dead-iowa-shootings/?test=latestnews

Your worth more than mere money.

Gerry

DaddyBear said...

Your job is not worth your life. I'm sure that if found out and fired, another job will come along. We only get one Farm Girl.

Jennifer said...

Amen girl! My feeling is that no one is going to know unless you have to use it. At that point, they have 2 choices. They can forgive you or fire you. Both are preferable to the alternative of not having it when you need it.

Larry said...

All the company can do is fire you...

It's funny, but US Forces in Afghanistan has rules prohibiting civilian contractors from being armed as well. So did Iraq.

So what?

Theredneckengineer said...

The municipality I work for has a policy in place prohibiting us from carrying firearms.
I have yet to see that policy enforced, as concealed means concealed.
My boss and co workers all know I carry, as I have made it apparent that I understand defending my life means probably losing my job.
However, there are more jobs. There is only one me.
I agree with you and your convictions completely.