Convenience store clerks are at a uniquely high risk of victimization at the hands of armed robbers. In many cases, these employees are literally put in a life-or-death situation without moving from behind the counter.
When 7-Eleven clerk Edward Vaught found himself staring down the barrel of a robber’s handgun, he made the quick decision to stand up for himself and the store.
Vaught said that Christopher Munson brandished what appeared to be a gun, “pointed it right at my forehead” and “threatened … to kill me.”
As the clerk attempted to call authorities, Munson manhandled the receiver away from him. At that point, Vaught began to fight back.
“This man wants to hurt me so I need to defend myself,” he explained. When police arrived on the scene, Vaught had Munson subdued and waiting for them outside.
While he was initially heralded by the community for his quick action in the face of danger, his employer soon delivered a pink slip as reward for his deed.
Based on its “policy of non-confrontation,” the corporation said Vaught’s “dismissal was in order.”
Obviously, employers should have some guidelines barring violence in the workplace; however, terminating a clerk for potentially saving the lives of both employees and customers is incredibly shortsighted.
While a company statement contends the clerk “posed a danger to himself and a co-worker,” many rational Americans understand it was the lawless robber, not a courageous employee, who exhibited a threat that day.
At the risk of appearing overly partisan, this type of nonsense is emblematic of the left’s skewed worldview. As evidenced in their blind allegiance to draconian gun control laws, those on the radical left seemingly believe that encouraging victimhood is the most effective way to combat victimizers.
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