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There has been quite a bit of media attention since the firing of four Wal-Mart employees in Layton, UT the past few days. I only live a hop, skip, and a jump from this particular store, and have shopped there frequently due to the locality and convenience of it. It’s easy to jump in the car, and in one minute I can shop for a gallon of milk that is reasonably priced. Today, that stops.
I no longer feel safe to go there. A man held a gun against the back of an employee, less than a mile from my home. The store fired this employee and others who helped disarm the man. How am I to feel when the store advocates that nothing be done? The man could have been left alone, as Wal-Mart’s policy seems to suggest, to brandish his weapon on any shopper in the store. Apparently, the safety of the company’s customers and employees is farther down the priority list than they state. It angers me.
I am lucky I have a husband that can protect me and my children by his own training and demeanor, but not everyone has that luxury. Regardless of your view, or mine on gun rights, it angers me to know that I am no longer safe in a store so close to home. No, the gunman should not have had access to a weapon, but the fact is he would have found some way to access one. He was caught in the act of committing a crime, and decided to brandish his weapon to get away. To keep us safe, four employees took him down, keeping him away from customers until police could arrive and arrest him.
I read another article today in the paper. Another employee was fired from a different location for protecting another employee from her abusive husband, WHO WAS ABUSING HER IN THE STORE!!! In front of customers! So apparently, the employees of this chain are such a disposable commodity, their personal safety in the workplace is of so little value, everyone should stand back and watch crimes being committed against them. I think not.
I feel that these employees are heroes. They protected the consumers, the employees, and the public at large. If the store is so “concerned” why not start a training program on how to disarm gunmen, or deal with abusive spouses? Better yet, why not have those they just fired, teach the program? They seem to have it under control.
I will no longer be shopping at the store less than a mile from my home. I will gladly make the drive across town to a competitor, pay higher prices, and embrace the inconvenience of it. I won’t spend my hard earned dollars at a place where the safety of employees and customers is rewarded with job loss. I know this isn’t the answer to solve the problem, but for my own peace of mind, it is what I need to do. Off my soapbox now. Phew. Thanks for listening to my rant. :)