I was pro gun and everything and had thoughts about eventually getting a CHL when I was 16. I was very pro-gun and more so after I took my government class and learned about stand your ground and castle doctrine.
I kind of opened my eyes up a bit, when I worked at Kroger’s at 18, in 2016. During my time there I’ve ran into all kinds of weird people. I’ve had to help Old people to their calls who didn’t know where their cars were, had to stop carts from flying and taking old people with them.
There was a time working there that there was this guy I packed groceries for, asked him if he wanted carry out he would come out and say “I ■■■■■■■ LOVE YOU MAN, I LOVE YOU! I know you’re out here having to deal with the public and ■■■■ but I love you.” Just started acting strange. Later people told me he was a registered sex offender and that to avoid him. During that interaction I felt almost as if he was going to shove me in the car. So then I started questioning the job, what if one of our 16 year old baggers get kidnapped? What protections are in place?
If I could go back in time, I would tell my 18 year old self. Here have some pepper spray you’re going to need it just incase. But I wasn’t fascinated in pepper spray. I was fascinated in having a dash cam, getting a new Apple Watch an iPhone my first car.
Things went downhill at Kroger’s and got hired in at a gas station on June 21st 2017. A few months into working at the gas station on October 26, 2017. Around 3am I got an eerie feeling and I thought to myself should I make a drop right now? I’m like nope. I’ll make a drop when I pull shift. 3:23 comes. I’m cleaning a coffee pot, and I’m listening to music and the next thing that comes into mind is “Did I just hear what I thought I just heard?” I didn’t even hear what was said or knew what I heard. Like my brain automatically knew what I heard but I didn’t. I looked back, there was a guy in a mask 5’2-5’3 and I turned back to where I was looking originally and just froze. Thoughts running through my mind like, “Is this how it’s supposed to go? There’s not big guys coming in with guns?” I was so confused. I looked back at him and I said in a confused voice, “what?”
“GIVE ME THE MONEY GIVE ME THE MONEY NOW!”
I turned around with my arms up, I started asking myself what is company policy? Give him the money that’s right. Then it hit me, I forgot to do my drops. So I told myself repeatedly in my mind, “open the drawer 10’s 5’s, 1’s shut the drawer.” Over and over and over and I did exactly that and he left.
A few nights later October 29th 2017 Just came into work, I’m working on the coffee trays. I’m paranoid, and I just happen to turn around at 11:40 and see a guy running up to the gas station he opened the door, he was a lot bigger than me probably around 6’5 and he acts like he pulls a gun and I froze, and puts his hand 2 inches away from my face, not saying one word. I seen he had no gun and I pushed him back, I told him I’m giving you your money, and opened the drawer. He slammed it shut, told me no that’s not what I’m after and pushed me down, went into our office grabbed our change box which was change in a jewelry box and ran off with it.
Both guys were never caught and I started carrying Mace and a stun gun.
A full year later…
November 12, 2018. I my coworkers just set up a new drawer for me at 10pm. Around 10:16pm they leave. I have a kid come in the store around 10:22. He’s asking me questions about where things are and circling around the room. He gets in a position where he can see the robber, and when the robber makes a go for it, he asks do you know where the chapstick is, which was right across from the door. I come from behind the counter and point to it, and the next thing I hear is the door ring and I’m right in front of this door. I looked back and seen a guy in a mask.
He acted like he pulled a gun in his pocket demanded the money and left. He was later caught along with the driver in the case. The robber got 5 years and the driver got 2 years. That weekend I got my first handgun went and got my CHL on the day of the pre-liminary hearing and in January when I got scared of getting hit again I decided to get USCCA.
Haven’t been robbed since, and I’ve taken the extra pre-cautions thanks to USCCA’s content.
More people need to be armed and now I feel unsafe without some of my tools like a flashlight, mace, and knife.