Make mine a Venti: Baristas Packing Heat after Robberies at Spokane Coffee Shop
Coffee is almost a guaranteed American right. Following a string of dangerous robberies, the baristas at a Spokane coffee hut are now carrying firearms 24/7/365.
Spokane Washington, if you haven't ever been there, has a flavor all its own. From the Monroe Street ridge, to Fox Theater to the Short-Season A ranked Spokane Indians, the town of just over 200,000 is a blend of metropolis and small town at the same time. And of course, being in the rainy Pac Northwest, coffee fuels the town.
(Jitterz Java is a small location, leaving employees nowhere to run or hide if confronted. Photo credit Facebook)
The local phone book lists more than 170 coffee shops in town, and one of these in the news lately is Jitterz Java. A drive-through espresso hut type of affair, the business has been robbed three times in less than a month. One included a man who walked u and tried to force his way into the drive-through window. This has led to a novel solution, as advised by the Second Amendment.
According to KXLY, all of the staff members now are either packing heat or have access to a 'community gun'.
"I would rather have it and need it, than need it and not have it," Krystal Cogswell said.
Order a drink and you may find yourself looking at Krystal Cogswell's .38 Special Lavender Lady secured to her hip. She's one of the half dozen employees arming themselves in case of another robbery.
(Photo credit Charter Arms)
"Before I never felt an immediate threat, so I would just have it off to the side or somewhere hidden. But now I feel like if someone can see it, maybe it will just deter it right then and there and I won't ever have to use it," she explained.
What we think
The aspect of refusing to be a victim in this story is compelling. Its a great stand. Sadly, many employers forbid guns at work, even if locked in the trunks of cars in the parking lot.
Coffee shops apparently are easy targets for armed robbers and in the past few months, these establishments have been knocked over in Idaho, Missouri, and even other shops in Spokane.
Frighteningly enough, these crimes sometimes also involve assaults against female baristas by low-lifes.
As with any potential defensive gun use situation, however, you can never have too much training and we hope the baristas at Jitterz Java take that to heart, for both their own tactical advantage and liability issues.
If you are in the area, stop by and show the ladies some appreciation. You may find them more than willing to talk about the 2A.
From their Facebook page:
"To our Jitterz customers who support us in our decision to practice the 2nd Amendment, come show us some love and a picture of you and your 'piece' from 1:00-3:00 and get a free 12-24 ounce drink!"
Who can beat that?