Skip to comments.Rutland clerk pulls gun on robber
Posted on 06/19/2014 6:14:13 AM PDT by B4Ranch
Pitaniello, 58, of Rutland, said he was preparing to close up Macs Convenience Store at 145 North Main St. before 9:30 p.m. when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered the store and threatened him with a roughly 5-inch blade.
I looked up when I heard the doorbell chimes and saw the hoodie, the bandana, and a bag in his hand, Pitaniello said Monday. He walked up to the counter, laid the knife on it and said Empty the register.
But the Vietnam veteran, who said he has carried a gun all his life, said he had his .380-caliber handgun in his grasp and behind his back before the unidentified intruder made it to the counter.
I knew his intentions as soon as he came in, Pitaniello said. When he told me to empty the register, I cocked my head and said Really?
At that point, the clerk said the man picked up the knife and waved it in my face.
Pitaniello said he responded by raising his gun and pointing it at the other mans face.
I told him he better get the (expletive) out of there, he said.
Without a word, the intruder fled the store on foot and Pitaniello said he followed far enough to see the man running west on North Street.
Pitaniello said the incident could cost him his job but he doesnt regret his actions.
That store has been robbed eight or nine times and I always work nights, he said. Im a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.
asked to call city police at 773-1816.
The Left would rather he had just handed over all the money and be a victim just like them than have a gun
Oh the robber was just trying to get his reparations.
I recall a story about an old man outside of a grocery store at his car confronted by a would-be robber demanding his valuables. The old man opened his care door and bent over inside.
The robber asked him, “what are you doing?”
“I am getting my revolver and I’m going to blow your damned head off.”
Sounds like his boss is another yayhole lib. Store has been robber 8 or 9 times and he disallows this guy to defend himself? What a piece of piece of chit. I guess he would have preferred his employee to get a knife in his chest.
Guns are excellent punk repellent, too bad the fascists in this country always side with the punks which gets people killed. If we had a real press in this country, they would report all the lives saved by guns besides all the ones who die because they are disarmed because their 2nd Amendment constitutional right was unconstitutionally infringed even though the right specifically states it “Shall not be infringed”.
That’s the kind of man I’d want to man my store at night.
That’s the kind of man I’d want to man my congress.
LOL. And then the punk responded by soiling his britches. That quote made my day.
Rutland MA? Rutland VT? Rutland where?
Click the link and find out.
58 year old Nam Vet? Have I got my dates wrong?
Shouldn’t have to.
That would justify the use of deadly force (unless one is in Sodomchusetts or some other East Coast hellhole state). Now the yute will probably use the knife on his next victim rather than just waving it.
Rutland Vermont. From the article: “Don Pitaniello said Monday hes been suspended from his job as a clerk at a North Main Street convenience store after drawing a gun on a knife-wielding robber Sunday night.” Definitely time to find another job-boss. Maybe if his boss worked a few night shifts he would change his outlook.
Yeah...not likely he was in Viet Nam when he was 14.
He could have been in there in the last year or two if he enlisted at 17.
Not to pick nits, but there’s nothing in the article that identifies the state. It is customary for a poster to place the state name in the keywords section. And since the entire article text was posted and not excerpted, there’s no need to click a link.
If he is 58 then he would have been 17 in 1973 when the war ended.
S’ok.... you can pick my nits any ‘ol time. I was just tryin’ to be helpful. As for the ‘Nam vet thing, at 58 he was born around ‘55 or so. So he might have been in country before the pull out, or perhaps was a Marine stationed at the Embassy. It’s possible.
If his birthday is tomorrow, he’s almost 59, and could have been there for the last year. Then again, the press often identifies BB guns as assault rifles... They may have his age wrong, or something else.
Which reminds me of an old joke.
When old Ethel went down to see the doc for her annual checkup, the doc exclaimed...
"Whew! Ethel! Good heavens you smell awful! Haven't you had a bath or shower?"
"Why sure I have. I shower every day."
The doc says, "Well, tell me how you shower. What do you wash first?"
Ethel replies, "Well, first I start with my head and shampoo my hair. Then I wash with soap as far down as possible. Then I do my feet and wash as far up as possible."
The doc says, "I think I see the problem. You need to go home right now and wash your 'possible'."
Thanks, clerk. You just let an armed robber escape to rob again. And maybe murder. You have not made society better, you have maybe made it worse. If the robber kills someone next time, it will be your fault.
Thanks for nothing.
So, you saved yourself the hassle of cleaning up after. You didn’t feel like protecting society that night. You didn’t want a sense of guilt for killing. You didn’t want the risk that some stupid prosecutor would try to prosecute you for something.
Blah, blah. Excuses are easy, and everybody can come up with one. But you didn’t do your duty as a citizen, to stop an armed violent crime and a violent, dangerous criminal. You let a rabid dog go.
The clerk was not carrying the weapon to protect the store or the community. That is the job of the police department. He was carrying the weapon for SELF-PROTECTION which is the same reason I carry. My weapon is to protect my wife and myself, not someone else’s property or someone else’s life.
Would you be willing to pay all legal costs involved had the clerk, shot and wounded or killed the robber? If not, why not?
He coulda lied about his age! He probably started grow facial hair at 9 years old!
‘Pitaniello said he responded by raising his gun and pointing it at the other mans face.
I told him he better get the (expletive) out of there, he said.’
At least the redistributionist got away to redistribute again another day!/s
Didn’t the war officially end in April of 1975?
15 August 1975.
My earlier post was in error when I typed in 1973.
All citizens are effectively the police. The uniformed police are just a convenience.
For many years, the public has been encouraged to believe that inaction and indifference to violent crime and criminals, when you have adequate means to stop it and them, using the excuse that uniformed police exist, is an affirmative defense, that is, that it defeats or mitigates the legal consequences of their otherwise unlawful conduct.
But the truth is that inaction or indifference, when you have the means, constitute reckless endangerment, if no one is seriously injured or killed, or even depraved indifference, if someone is killed due to inaction.
This is best illustrated by a police officer who detains a violent criminal in the commission of a felony, and then decides to let them go for some petty reason. No one would blink an eye if that officer was charged with a crime.
But carrying a gun, even if you intend it solely for self defense, gives you the means to prevent a violent crime and stop a violent criminal. If you choose not to do so, it is like observing an apartment building on fire at night, but choosing to not call the fire department, “because you don’t want to get involved.”
Even if you cannot be prosecuted for it, there is no, zero righteous justification for your inaction.
>>Even if you cannot be prosecuted for it, there is no, zero righteous justification for your inaction.<<
That’s the problem right there. You can and will be prosecuted if there is the slightest reason to do so. You are not protected by a thin blue line. If other people want the same protection that I have, then they too can carry as I do.
You didn’t answer the question: Would you be willing to pay all legal costs involved had the clerk, shot and wounded or killed the robber? If not, why not?
Well, it depends on jurisdiction. In the case of Vermont, where this took place, while it has no stand your ground law or castle doctrine law, for the most part the law is clear.
§ 2305. Justifiable homicide
If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless:
...(2) In the suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary or robbery, with force or violence.
This being said, it is up to the local law enforcement and prosecutor whether or not to file charges. In much of the country today, police just shrug off such shootings, and there being no charges, the shooter is free to go his own way. In many states with SYG and Castle there is even limited immunity to wrongful death lawsuit.
So arrest and prosecution is not a given. But it should be a factor in your decision whether or not to shoot the villain.
However, above and beyond the law, a dead robber robs no more, nor will they come back to your place with a deadlier weapon.
Someone else’s decision not to protect themselves does not place their lack of determination on my shoulders. If other people want the same protection that I have, then they too can carry as I do.