Skip to comments.NH Store Clerk: “I Just Wanted To Go Home To My Family,” Fired For Self-Defense
Posted on 10/16/2013 6:02:14 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Bear Cothran worksor rather, workedat a Shell station in Nashua, NH. Over the weekend, in the wee hours of the morning, a large guy with a knife entered the store, demanded money and, according to Cothran, threatened to kill him if he didnt cooperate.
Cothran is a lawful New Hampshire gun owner, he had his gun on him, so he drew the gun and the robber left post-haste. Yay, the good guys win!
At 11:20 [Monday] morning, Bear received a phone call from his boss, informing him that, in spite of his status as a 10-year employee in good standing and both the store and district managers going to bat for him, he was being terminated. Nouria Energy, the franchise owner of the store (as well as the majority of the other Shell stations in the southern NH area), has a policy prohibiting employees from carrying weapons while on the clock. Bear was let go without any manner of severance for violating this policy.
Boo, the your guns scare us! crowd wins.
For his part, Bear seems to have the right perspective:
I have a fiancee who I love very much, step-children I love, our first grandchild is due in December. Given the situation, and the way the man who tried to rob me was acting, I truly believe if I didnt defend myself I wasnt going to be coming home to see my family, said Cothran.
I can find another job, one way or another. I may be out of employment for months, but Id do it again in a heartbeat. Nobodys hurt, everybody gets to go home, thats what matters to me, Cothran said.
The store has the right to set policy. The store has the right to enforce that policy. And the store also has the right to overlook/temporarily suspend/change its policy.
Ill say this: If Im a robber with a knife, Im headed to that Shell station. Management has done the hardest part of my job for me.
Bear with a gun
I’d sue.And sue...and sue...and sue again.
NASHUA When Shannon Bear Cothran was threatened by a knife-wielding robber on Monday morning, he didnt think twice about what to do. Cothran, who was working after midnight at the Shell gas station (on Main St.) in Nashua, pulled out his Ruger LCP .380 handgun. The robber turned and walked out the door, and Cothran called the police, bringing a swift end to the robbery attempt.
Cothran believes his decision to carry a firearm might have saved his life Monday morning. But the owners of the gas station took a different view.
Cothran says he was fired only a few hours later for violating a company policy that forbids store clerks from carrying guns.
Now out of a job, Cothran said he feels the company policy is irresponsible. But with a grandson on the way, he stands by his decision to carry a firearm for protection.
More at link above. Howie Carr list ping
Sue for ownership of the gas station.
Fire the boss.
Sell the business.
Bummer. Those jobs don’t pay that much to begin with.
Idiots. They just mounted a big neon sign on their store that say "Rob me! Nobody will stop you!"
The best explanation is that SHELL was in on the heist.
Are there others? How many?
A smart private business owner should seek this man out and hire him on the spot.
My first thought: sue, sue the pants off ‘em.
Second thought: move on gladly.
Third thought: maybe do both.
These days, employers can’t force you to leave your civil rights at the threshold, unless they’re your 2A rights and some of your 1A’s. So he probably has a case, but why would he want to stay with that job?
Police confirmed that the man approached the clerk and brandished a knife, but fled moments later when the clerk produced a firearm.
Cothran, 29, said he had just finished helping another customer when the would-be robber entered the store, walked behind the counter and threatened his life.
He had the knife cocked back. It looked like he was going to stab me, Cothran said. I took several steps back, produced my sidearm, and informed him it was a bad idea and he didnt want to do it, and he left.
Nashua police are asking the public for help identifying the man, who was described as a white or Hispanic male, between 6 feet and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a medium build. Police are circulating an image of the suspect. They also recovered a piece of evidence a black-and-gray Coleman jacket with a red collar, which the suspect discarded while he was running from the scene.
Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said there are pros and cons when employees who might be the victims of crime choose to arm themselves. If a robber is also carrying a firearm, the situation can potentially escalate into a shooting. In the case of Monday mornings robbery, Linehan said it appears the clerk took appropriate action when he was threatened. He said police encourage anyone who carries a firearm to undergo safety training.
The first thing that we want to make sure is that people are safe, he said. In this situation, the clerk was presented with a deadly weapon. He was in close proximity to the suspect when the deadly weapon was displayed to him. The clerk, from the information I have, took the appropriate action in terms of how he felt threatened, in presenting the firearm.
Proud to be a GUN FREE ZONE. Robbers welcome!
As others have said for other cases, it's better to be fired by one than carried by six.
So the new stick up line is-—— “Hand over all the money or I will get you fired”..
from comments to the MichaelGraham.com article:
>>(link to pic) This is the building where Shell Oil executives work. It has cardkeyed entrances and on-site security personnel. If only the Executives at Shell Oil cared this much about the safety and well being of the people selling their products at 24-hour gas stations.
>>lets see how many times that place gets robbed now....
>>Don’t get angry, get involved. Email Nouria Energy and tell them they no longer have your business. http://www.nouriaenergy.com/contact-us.html
Just wondering....why if it happened that early in the AM did he tell anyone?
Only cops get to go home to their families.
The proles can die/leftist think
Under New Hampshire law employers can fire you for any reason and without notice so he wouldn't have grounds for a suit. But he's alive and that's the important part. Finding another job as a convenience store clerk probably won't be that hard, but I suggest he read the policy manual very carefully before accepting it.
Yes, so true!