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Convenience Store clerks and guns

Having been in this industry these recent events really scare me for all the clerks in convenience stores. When most of the convenience stores were owned by chains, clerks were forbidden to have weapons and, if robbed, were told to hand over the money. Stores had drop safes and there was usually less than $100 in the cash register. Now, many of these stores have been sold to independent operators who are arming clerks. So you are paying a clerk $8 an hour and you want him to pull a gun to protect your money. What has saved many a clerk in the past was the knowledge by the robber that they were unarmed. I would suggest that those store owners that want to arm their clerks pay them a hefty amount of the store's profits or stand guard yourself.You may notice that the stores in the article are all in high crime areas. Why doesn't the owner hire security guards?

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