So, a few months back, Walgreen’s fired an employee who shot at some robbers. They weren’t violent robbers. In fact, all they wanted was to take the employees to the back room, probably to tie them up. They justified the firing with the below (emphasis mine):
Thank you for contacting Walgreens regarding this matter. Our policies in this area are designed to maintain the maximum safety of our customers and employees.Store employees receive comprehensive training on our company’s robbery procedures and how to react and respond to a potential robbery situation. In past incidents, employees have told us they’ve found this training effective.These policies and training programs are endorsed by law enforcement, which strongly advises against confrontation of crime suspects.Compliance is safer than confrontation. Through this practice, we have been able to maintain an exemplary record of safety.We’ve made significant investments in security technology in recent years, including increasing the number of digital surveillance cameras at our stores.With upgrades to security technology, we are able to provide police with high-resolution photographs and video of crime suspects.We continue to invest in state-of-the-art security measures and high-definition surveillance equipment and hope that the apprehension of robbery suspects in the Benton Harbor area will prevent future crimes. Thank you for contacting Walgreens to share your comments.
Consumer Response Representative
Their rules are in place strictly for the safety of the employees. I’m sure it’s not for their OWN legal protection.
See… if a Walgreen’s employee shoots a robber and the robber lives to tell the tale, Walgreen’s may get sued. However, if Walgreen’s does not allow their employees to protect themselves, they cannot possibly be in legal trouble, even if an employee gets shot in the face. Their motto: “Sure sucks to be our employees!”
I would like to point out a story to Walgreen’s. It happened the other day here in Utah. Emphasis mine.
SALT LAKE CITY — Police are looking for a masked robber who was videotaped robbing a Salt Lake City convenience store where a clerk was shot overnight.
Salt Lake City police Lt. Dave Cracroft tells KSL-TV the robber’s face was obscured by a hood and a mask in the 2 a.m. Wednesday robbery of a 7-Eleven on South Redwood Road near West 500 South.
Cracroft says the robber confronted the clerk, walked him behind the counter, emptied cash drawers and moved the clerk to a back room.
He says that out of camera view, the clerk was shot in the face.
Cracroft says the clerk still managed to call 911 after the gunman fled.
He’s in stable condition at Intermountain Medical Center.
Police think the robber ran to a car to get away.
Now, maybe the robber was just trying to disable him instead of kill him? Who knows. The gunman probably had a very small caliber gun and the bullet probably deflected off of bone since (thankfully) the clerk is in stable condition.
Walgreen’s is still being avoided by me at all costs.