These days, if you want to work for a franchise like a convenience store, you have to agree to their terms, which may include being someone’s murder victim. Most of these places have “no tolerance” policies, which prevent their employees from being able to defend themselves with any kind of weapon. You’re not even allowed to try to fight off a perpetrator. You’re supposed to do whatever the criminal wants; give him all the money from the safe, let him steal your car, give him a medium dark roast coffee. Or, if the armed robber feels like it, also give him your life. Appease the man every way you can, so that the company isn’t caught in any kind of awkward legal position. It’s better to have a dead, easily replaceable employee than some injured third party, whether that be an innocent bystander or the intruder himself.
So here’s the latest case of an employee getting fired for not allowing himself to be murdered. Johnny Jarriel, Jr. had worked at a Circle K in Douglasville, Georgia for the past three years. He had a Georgia concealed carry permit, and he said that his manager knew that he carried a gun. There had been incidents in that area, particularly a few years ago when Maryann Humphrey, a clerk at that very store, was murdered by an armed robber. So, his manager didn’t seem to object to his carrying a concealed handgun, even though it was technically against the rules.
Johnny recounted to the Douglas County Sentinel what happened:
“I was working in the office when he walked into the back office and caught me by surprise,” Jarriel said. “I had a cashier out front, and there were two other customers in the store. Before I even knew he was there, he grabbed me from behind and sprayed a whole can of pepper spray in my eyes. It was incredible how bad it burned. He grabbed me by the collar and slammed me on the ground. He pulled out a large silver automatic weapon and put it to my head and said, ‘Give me the (expletive) money you (expletive). I will kill you.’ I said, ‘OK, let’s go out front and get it.’”
That’s when Jarriel said he saw an opening. As the suspect, described as a black male of average size and build, turned to walk out front, he pulled a gun he had in his front pants pocket.
“He was about 10 feet ahead of me, and I raised the gun and just started shooting,” Jarriel said. “Everything was blurry, because I still had pepper spray in my eyes. That’s when he panicked and ran out of the store.”
Not long after this incident, Johnny received an official notice of termination of employment, and the notice cited “Possession/Use of a weapon on company property” as the justification. Circle K would rather have to deal with a Maryann Humphrey than a Johnny Jarriel, Jr.