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bedwards87
03-28-2011, 06:05 AM
As some of you might know, I work at Taco Hell. Tonight we had just gotten out of the store. The manager had locked the door and was in his car. I was with A(co-worker) as he called his mother to come pick him up. I was about to tell him that I would stay with him until she got there when 2(I saw 2 he said he saw 3) men ran up from the back parking lot with black ski masks and black clothing. The ran up to A first and asked him "who has the deposit" he said something I don't recall and one of the men punched him in the face. The man then ran up to me and asked me the same question. I put my hands in the air and told him "sir, I don't have it"

The man turned to his accomplice and said "OK let's go" they ran away the same way they came. I asked A a few times if he was alright, when he told me he was, I yelled for R(the manager) he stopped his car and I pulled out my phone and yelled that I was calling 911. I called 911 and told them what had happened.

So long story short, A's nose was busted up. The police caught some guy but said he was only a homeless person who the dog caught the trail of and had nothing to do with it.

I am still shaken up as you can imagine. Just wanted to tell someone about this.

KellyHabersham
03-28-2011, 06:32 AM
:( Sorry to hear about this, but glad that you're alright.

Thatgirl71
03-28-2011, 08:03 AM
I'm so sorry that happened, it must have been so scary, thank god you are alright!

Rapscallion
03-28-2011, 11:40 AM
Glad you're ok. Feel free to vent on here.

Rapscallion

Cookie
03-28-2011, 04:51 PM
Yeah, I can imagine you'd need to talk about it. That's what we're here for. *hugs*. I'm glad you're ok and glad A's injuries weren't any worse. I hope he heals quickly. Come back and vent more if you need to.

BeeMused
03-28-2011, 08:00 PM
Wow, I that was very scary, just reading your story made me shudder. I'm glad that you weren't hurt, and your coworker *only* had his nose broken.
I hope they find the idiots who tried to rob you, but I guess they were pros, when they couldn't get their loot fast, they ran away.
Tell us about it as much as you like, it really helps to vent.

Barefootgirl
03-28-2011, 09:46 PM
That's horrific. I am very glad that you weren't hurt and that your co-worker wasn't too badly hurt (although a broken nose is pretty bad). Thank GOODNESS it wasn't worse.

Being robbed is a scary busness. Be easy on yourself for the next few days. The shock will probably kick in properly tomorrow.

bedwards87
03-28-2011, 09:48 PM
it just pisses me off. The manager was in his car driving away when the guys came up to us. He actually told me that he saw them coming and tried to drive away as fast as he could. Then I find out this morning that he was telling the cops that he just wanted to go home.

And the store manager says that R did the right thing by trying to drive away.

A's nose wan't broken. It was just bleeding pretty good. and yes the shock has started to get worse now.

Frantic Freddie
03-28-2011, 10:11 PM
it just pisses me off. The manager was in his car driving away when the guys came up to us. He actually told me that he saw them coming and tried to drive away as fast as he could. Then I find out this morning that he was telling the cops that he just wanted to go home.

And the store manager says that R did the right thing by trying to drive away.

WTF?!?!?

I don't want to sound like an ITG,but I hate cowards.

bedwards87
03-29-2011, 12:33 AM
I am not sure if she meant he did the right thing by getting in his car and locking the door, or by driving away. Either way, it seems wrong to leave two employees sitting in the parking lot alone at 10:40 at night with the lights off.

And I know it might sound crazy but I can still remember the incident clear as day. I can still see the a$$clown robber standing in front of me. I know there was nothing I could have done about it but I keep thinking if I had pepper spray or a knife could I have done anything?

MoonCat
03-29-2011, 01:28 AM
No. They had masks on, pepper spray might not have done anything much to them, and they would have been angry then. What if they'd gotten the knife away from you? You would just have gotten hurt, or worse. You did the right thing.

Don't be hard on yourself. These jerks were criminals.

Sapphire Silk
03-29-2011, 01:57 AM
it just pisses me off. The manager was in his car driving away when the guys came up to us. He actually told me that he saw them coming and tried to drive away as fast as he could. Then I find out this morning that he was telling the cops that he just wanted to go home.

And the store manager says that R did the right thing by trying to drive away.

In a strictly technical sense, I suppose the manger was right. The cops say, "don't be a hero."

In a strictly technical sense.

I couldn't have just bailed like that . . . or at least, I hope not.

I am not sure if she meant he did the right thing by getting in his car and locking the door, or by driving away. Either way, it seems wrong to leave two employees sitting in the parking lot alone at 10:40 at night with the lights off.

And I know it might sound crazy but I can still remember the incident clear as day. I can still see the a$$clown robber standing in front of me. I know there was nothing I could have done about it but I keep thinking if I had pepper spray or a knife could I have done anything?

You couldn't have done a thing about it. They got the drop on you. The best thing you could have done would have been to run towards some place lighted with other people around. That would have chased those guys off. But when something happens, the natural reaction is to hesitate so the brain can identify and evaluate what is happening and made a decision. That split second is all those thugs needed to get you.

Take a look at the surroundings of your Taco Hell. Look for places crooks might be hiding, and see if you can get the boss to light those places at night. Or if you can use a different door to leave the building. Some kind of procedural change when locking up might make the process safer for employees.

Sorry this happened and glad you're OK.

Have some cookies :D

bedwards87
03-29-2011, 03:22 AM
that is the problem. We had closed for the night and locked up the store, we exited out the front door where all of our cars were parked. The lights were off as we turn off the lights when the DT closes at 10.

M-the GM told me today that what R should have done was let A call his ride before we walked out of the store and only leave when A's ride arrived.

bedwards87
03-29-2011, 03:30 AM
It just pisses me off that we do not have cameras. 2 years ago I was told by the then GM K that we would be getting cameras after A(another am) got robbed at gun point. 2 years later NO F'ING CAMERAS.

These jackholes are most likely never going to get caught now probably because we did not have cameras.

I do feel kind of bad for the homeless man the police detained though. Just bad luck that the K9 picked up on him.


BTW: Since I have been there we have been robbed at least 5 times. This is the first time it has happened to me but after one time you would think they would review security measures but 5+ is ridiculous.

Kristev
03-29-2011, 04:29 AM
I can believe it. I'm quite sympathetic. That must have been awful. And I'm glad you're okay.

Victory Sabre
03-29-2011, 01:10 PM
The manager should have waited for your rides to get there for you. There's no excuse for leaving you alone outside a closed store.

The most important thing though, you're not hurt, and I hope your friend heals fast.

wolfie
03-30-2011, 12:55 AM
It just pisses me off that we do not have cameras. 2 years ago I was told by the then GM K that we would be getting cameras after A(another am) got robbed at gun point. 2 years later NO F'ING CAMERAS.

These jackholes are most likely never going to get caught now probably because we did not have cameras.

I do feel kind of bad for the homeless man the police detained though. Just bad luck that the K9 picked up on him.


BTW: Since I have been there we have been robbed at least 5 times. This is the first time it has happened to me but after one time you would think they would review security measures but 5+ is ridiculous.

5 robberies and still no cameras? I'd be inclined to tell the management a couple things:
1. Perhaps word has gotten around in the criminal community that you don't have cameras, and that's why there have been so many robberies (no cameras = lower risk of being identified).
2. The company knows that employees have been injured in robbery attempts. By not increasing security (including but not limited to putting in cameras), they are leaving themselves open to liability on the grounds of negligence if someone is injured/killed in a subsequent robbery attempt. Even if there is wording in the employment contract prohibiting suits against the employer, that wording could be thrown out by a judge in the event of gross negligence, and is of absolutely no protection in the event that someone other than an employee (i.e. customer, or an employee's next of kin) sues them, because such people wouldn't have signed any agreement not to sue.

bainsidhe
03-30-2011, 01:52 AM
I'm a girl and a wimpy one at that. I would've been scared shitless and like the manager, probably would've tried to hide/drive away. Had I my senses, I'd honk the horn like crazy and call the cops immediately. It's impossible to say for sure how I'd react, because I've never (thankfully!) been in such a situation. But you know what else? After 5 fracking robberies, I'd make sure everyone stayed inside until everyone was ready to leave as a group. WTF is wrong w/ management/corporate that they allow such unsafe conditions? And BTW, when is the deposit taken to the bank? Because if it's at night, then management needs to rethink that procedure.

I'm sorry you went through this. I hope your store implements some safety procedures and that A heals quickly. And maybe it's because I'm feeling vindictive, but perhaps A should think about suing. If he was off the clock, workman's comp won't cover his injury. An injury that was caused, in part, due to unsafe store environment & policies. But you might get some cameras then. :( Feel better soon.

Frantic Freddie
03-30-2011, 02:01 AM
or a knife could I have done anything?

Not unless you have some knife-fighting training,it ain't like in the movies.I collect large fixed blade sheath knives & would be scared shitless to get into a knife fight & I actually know a little bit,probably just enough to get me killed.

Hyndis
03-30-2011, 03:00 AM
Its cheaper to give them everything they want rather than try to fight them, or train yourself in fighting.

For example, if someone were to rob me right now, and take absolutely everything in my wallet I might be out maybe $300, tops, and thats if they run right to an ATM after I give them my PIN.

Thats a whole helluva lot cheaper than me spending money on self defense classes or paying for a hospital stay.

Rapscallion
03-30-2011, 01:44 PM
Not unless you have some knife-fighting training,it ain't like in the movies.I collect large fixed blade sheath knives & would be scared shitless to get into a knife fight & I actually know a little bit,probably just enough to get me killed.

He speaks the truth. An untrained person with a weapon will usually lose to a trained person who'll be able to either get the weapon and use it, or know how to avoid it.

If you go via the self-defence route, the main technique is not to be in a dangerous situation. Don't make yourself a target. Heroes walk away from fights in one piece in Hollywood.

Rapscallion

bedwards87
03-30-2011, 03:46 PM
we usually drop the deposit off in the middle of the day. It was locked in the safe so that the opening manager could take it to the bank.

shadowlight
03-31-2011, 08:03 PM
I'm glad you're okay. It's scary to be in a situation like that. It sucks that your store doesn't have cameras. Hopefully they'll put some in soon.

I agree with Freddy and Rapscallion that knives and fighting is not the way to go. There's always someone who is trained better than you out there, and you could end up getting hurt worse if you try to fight back.

Geek King
04-04-2011, 04:16 PM
If you would like to prepare yourself better, try to get into a self-defence course in your area. Most martial arts schools offer them for a reasonable price, and your local police or constables should be able to point you to a good one, hopefully. Most of the good ones will discuss how to escape first, and only escalate as a last resort.

Even if you never use anything from it, it will make you feel better for knowing what the appropriate responce to a situation is. Ultimately, mindset can make a big difference in a situation like you described.

redleg
04-05-2011, 11:39 AM
i concur with raps and the others. knifes are a good way to get dead. (raps and mytical know my current profession and can attest to my training in such) when i was working at a carnival something similar happened to me of course being a stupid young male at the time i fought. got all kinds of messed up.

you did the right thing by cooperating with them and not trying to fight. even now as one trained in fighting i will avoid the fight as long as i can. the best defense after all is not to make yourself a target.