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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:27 PM

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The story actually starts this morning as I'm taking the kids to school. While on Main Street, I notice a guy in a black cowboy hat wearing a black duster walking along the road. It struck me as odd since people typically don't dress like that around here. As I was driving to work after dropping the kids off, I noticed he was making pretty good progress up towards my store.

Most of you know I'm a pharmacist so I'm pretty much on guard 24/7. I've got lots of things people want and my pharmacy has been robbed a total of three times, all them occuring before I bought the store. So, I made sure to get there, get in and get everything locked back up while I got ready for the day, but I do this every day anyway.

This guy proceeds to walk up and down Main Street all day long. Our town isn't that big, maybe about three thousand, so people tend to notice anything different. I guess at one point, and I learned this after my time with this guy, that the police had already stopped and talked to him at some point in the day.

Well, about 4 P.M. this dude comes into my pharmacy and hangs toward the back wall. We ask is we can help him. Of course he says "no". He slowly makes his way along the back wall looking at almost ever single item on the back shelves. When he makes it to the area in front of my cash registers, he kneels down behind one of the counters where we can't see him, facing the direction of the registers and me (and there's no products on the back side of that counter). Oh, and I forgot to mention that he had a bag with him big enough to conceal something large.

So, by this time the girls are starting to freak out and I've already got my Mossberg 500 in two hands behind the pharmacy counter where nobody but my techs can see. My young cashier keeps glancing at me and all I do is nod to her. I can only hope they remember what I told them to do if anybody shows a weapon. Well, I don't know what this dude was up to but he came up looking around but without a weapon. I'm thinking perhaps the fact that there were six of us plus two patients perhaps made him think twice about doing something funny. Either that or he's the biggest dumbass I've ever encountered because I just knew he was going to come up with a gun and I was going to have to blow his head off.

Like I said, he came up, glanced around, milled about for a bit more by the door and then walked out. He did spend a few extra seconds looking at the grenade I had sitting on the counter that has a tag with #1 on the pin and a sign that asks sales people to take a number. It still bothered the girls after he left and he continued to walk the streets. He passed by the store two more times but on the opposite side of the road.

I get the feeling I dodged an incident but I also get the feeling he was scoping me out, seeing how I'd react. He never could see the Mossberg, but he had to know that I was alert and watching him the whole time.

Anyway, I'm exhausted now that the adrenaline has worn off. I hope tomorrow isn't so interesting.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:36 PM

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kncald

glad nothing bad happened but odds are on him, then again odds are on anybody facing a mossberg lol

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:41 PM

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nice "heads up"

Glad the scum left without a scene.
Good luck in the future.
Hats and dusters are common around here. Everyone knows who you and your parents are too!

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:45 PM

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Wild dude

Glad it worked out...but the police should be all over that guy to see what he is up to.

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:49 PM

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good for you

and your staff to be alert,he could/was casing the place,he could come back or decide your not easy pickings and go elsewhere,good job.

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:49 PM

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to break in after you closed ??
I hope not

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:56 PM

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Wow! What a story.

Umm, thanks for sharing.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:12 PM

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I just don't know...

I'm sure he saw all the cameras I have in place plus the motion sensors. All the prior robberies have occured at night when the pharmacy was closed. One idiot actually ran his truck through the big window, jumped out and grabbed a bunch of drugs and drove off. Unfortunately for him, he ran right into a patrol car coming up the road. The last group came in through the roof. I've since had a steel birdcage installed on the roof. That happened three months before I bought the store. Those guys took the drugs to a local hotel and called all their buddies to come buy a few, like that wasn't going to attract attention. They got busted fast.

I just made two passes by the store since I made the original post and all is well. The local police do a real good job checking the store out at night. I'll probably go check again in an hour or so just to be sure. Nothing like this happening to make a guy paranoid.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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and a phone with you

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 8:42 PM

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hey kncald

i dont know what load you got on your shotgun but imagine destroying a druggie thats tryin to steal with a 3 inch 15 pellet 00 buck

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:03 PM

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Right now

I'm loaded with Winchester 2 3/4 inch 00 buck.

By the way, I just went to check again (I only live two miles from the store). Yep, made the trip with the trusty phone and Glock 23. All is well.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:06 PM

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Good for you,

it sounds like a situation that could have gotten real bad real quick, glad everyone is safe. I agree with the 00 buck loads recomendation.

There seems to be no end of the "junkies" looking for their next bottle of oxycotton or whatever.

be safe....

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:14 PM

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wow

u sure are lucky good luck in the future P.S Thats a nice gun to scare some one off.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:19 PM

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anyone. It will only make a public appearance if I have to use it....and I hope to never, ever have to use it. But, I feel really good having it handy.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:26 PM

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Oohh

Ahh ok. Sure does come in handy!

5 years 4 weeks ago, 9:57 PM

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Also sounds like you did just about everything right.. you didn't mention it but assuming you've had a conversation with the police so they can put you on an extra check tonight..sure no harm in documenting the issue, just in case.. Do you have a reciprical arrangement with other merchants in the area.. One of those if you have a vagrant or obvious problem you give each other a heads up..
Also you might consider using the situation as a training aid for your staff.. run the whole what if thing by them. At the very least they are going to be in condition orange tomorrow.. thanks for sharing..

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:32 PM

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but the police are aware of the situation. And yes, this will bring up a whole lot of "what if" training. I've been trying to get my other pharmacist to carry and get more comfortable with the Mossberg (I can't always be there). This might just be the motivation they needed.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:34 PM

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hey kncald

you hiring? hehe

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:39 PM

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for all future employees to get their CWP on my dime. That would be interesting having six weapons pulled on someone when they try to rob me.

Raffy, you wouldn't believe how many people come looking for a job these days.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:45 PM

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id be a good hire, i got a strong back, stronger work ethic and i sure as heck got a strong pistol lol

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:49 PM

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Stay in school....

Just do something you love as well as put a little bread on the table.

5 years 4 weeks ago, 10:49 PM

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yes sir

i hear that

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 11:09 PM

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kncald

Congratulations on the way you handled the situation. You kept your cool and maintained your professionalism.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
5 years 4 weeks ago, 11:18 PM

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Thank you sir

But I must admit that afterwards, my hands were sweating pretty good. I was thinking at the time that I'd better have a good grip on that shotty so I could control it like I wanted.

5 years 3 weeks ago, 10:27 AM

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I'd have given the perp two to the chest and one to the head and then thrown my shield and gun on the chief's desk and picked up pizza and beer to eat at my RV trailer on the beach with my dog-wait. I'm not Mel Gibson. Never mind. I'm getting too old for this shit.

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