Yet another WTF moment in this country.... and I was thinking N.H. & Vermont were pockets of sanity in the Northeast ????
...Store clerk fired
for pulling legal handgun
on knife wielding
Shannon "Bear" Cothran thwarted a would-be robber by pulling out his handgun — and was fired from his gas station job just hours later.
NASHUA, N.H. — A New Hampshire gas station clerk who thwarted an attempted robbery by pulling out a handgun was fired because company policy prohibits staff from carrying firearms.
Shannon "Bear" Cothran told the Telegraph of Nashua that he was working at a Shell station in Nashua early Monday when a man approached him with a knife. Police confirmed that the would-be robber fled after Cothran pulled out a gun.
Cothran said he then filed a report with Nouria Energy Corp., which owns the station, and was fired hours later even though the store manager and a district manager lobbied to save his job.
Nouria said in a statement Wednesday that it instructs its cashiers to give thieves what they ask for during a robbery attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully and quickly.
"Make no mistake: We care about the personal well-being of employees like Mr. Cothran, whose years of service are truly appreciated
— not about the money in the cash register. So, we are especially grateful that this situation was resolved without injury,
" the statement said. "We do respect the constitutional right to bear arms.
However, we believe the best way to keep our employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace
.... That statement is so full of contradictions I don't even KNOW where to begin to criticize it ??)
The company said its policies are similar to others in the industry and consistent with the advice offered by police
Full story; http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/nh-gas-clerk-fired-for-pulling-gun-on-robber?ocid=ansnews11
I hope he sues... and I hope this dude finds a BETTER company to work for.... and for more money too!!