A Nashua, New Hampshire Shell station clerk, Shannon “Bear” Cothran, was fired after pulling a gun on a robber who entered the store with a knife.
Around 3 AM Monday morning, a man armed with a knife walked into the Shell station and began “threatening” Cothran. The clerk pulled a gun from his pocket, and the would-be robber fled.
Shortly thereafter, Cothran was fired.
Although Cothran has a permit to carry a gun, CBS News reports store owner Nouria Energy Corp. “instructs its clerks to give thieves what they ask for during a robbery attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully and quickly.”
After the firing, Nouria Energy Corp. issued the following statement:
Make no mistake: we care about the personal well-being of employees like Mr. Cothran, whose years of service are truly appreciated–[it’s] not about the the money in the cash register. So, we are also especially grateful this situation was resolved without injury.
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.
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