Wal-Mart Employee Open Carrying?


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elano
June 13, 2011, 02:16 AM
I am in no way complaining, but I thought this was strange. The other day when I was walking into Wal-Mart, an employee walked in front of me and he was open carrying what looked like a full sized glock or xd in a leather pancake holster. He had his shirt untucked all the way around except for where his pistol was, he had tucked it in there behind his holster. If it matters, he was a younger black man and he was walking up front to talk to a cashere. I just thought it was strange since he looked like he was showing it off kind of like the way some people only tuck in behind their belt buckles to show them off. Anyone else seen this behavior before? And if he was doing this to make a statement, good for him! We need more open carriers to help deter roberies. What's yall's take. By the way this was in middle GA.

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gathert
June 13, 2011, 02:27 AM
I'm in Clemson, SC and from Spartanburg, SC so I dont get to see open carry as SC does not allow it. Havent seen anyone carrying in GA while I've been there. You do have open carry with a permit specific right? And I dont mean the general pistol CWp permit if I remember right.

elano
June 13, 2011, 04:06 AM
Im pretty sure it's legal with a Georgia firearms license.

Bhamrichard
June 13, 2011, 04:28 AM
By the way this was in middle GA.

Legal in GA, sure, will it get him fired? Absolutely..

newbuckeye
June 13, 2011, 04:46 AM
Legal in GA, sure, will it get him fired? Absolutely..


+1 :eek:

mole
June 13, 2011, 05:13 AM
Maybe he's supposed to escort the money or whoever takes the money to the bank.

elcaminoariba
June 13, 2011, 05:40 AM
I want pics. No cell phone to take pics? :cuss: :D

OP I enjoyed your spelling of cashier :evil: Sorry I'm tired :scrutiny: and it hit me as "cash here" which may very well be the meaning of the word.

Anyway, I enjoyed the reference of "glock or XD." Glock owners know why I enjoyed that. :p

RevDerb
June 13, 2011, 06:24 AM
From your description, it actually sounds like he had his shirt out to conceal and it inadvertently got tucked in behind the holster and he didn't realize it.

Sav .250
June 13, 2011, 07:55 AM
Hard to believe. Sure didn`t think Wal-Mart would knowingly would allow that.
I know you saw the weapon but still...........

Carl N. Brown
June 13, 2011, 08:08 AM
I know a lot of employers won't let employees go armed for liability purposes.

An armed gaurd implies training, liability insurance, etc.

I know that store clerks, pizza delivery guys or gals, etc have been fired for defending themselves from armed robbers. Why can't an employee carry for self-defense on their own recognizance? That is for themselves as authorised by state law on self-defense, and not for the employers behalf?

ElvinWarrior
June 13, 2011, 08:28 AM
Hey Guys,

I don't know about what the laws say in Georgia, and, I don't know why that man was open carrying, or even if, he was an employee at all, he may have been a plainclothes oficer at that store investigating something or other, you never know who you are looking at in situations like that.

Anyways, I just thought I would share something with you guys. Some years ago, while I was a young college student, fresh out of High School, and living at home while I went to the local Jr. College, I took a job with a very busy McDonalds close to where I lived. I took the morning job, the "opening grillman's" position, and as such I showed up for work at 4:00 A.M. to do all the heavy prep work for the kitchen machines. When the kitchen was all spiffed up, serviced, running, and up to temp, I filled in with some stocking work until the place opened, then, I ran the grill until after the big main noon rush.

To make a long story short, this particular McDonald's was directly off of a freeway offramp, and overlooked the freeway. It was always being robbed, especially in the early mornings, few people there, the place wasn't opened yet, and easy get away access. After I had been there a month, and been robbed at gun point three times, I decided I had enough of this non-sense, and started carrying my dad's Ruger 44 Magnum, strapped to my side.

About two days after I started packing the gun, which was open carry, a band of about 3 robbers tried to overpower me in the parking lot when I arrived to work and was walking from my car to the back door to open the place up. Well, I pulled my gun, and fired a warning shot into the ground, a couple of inches from one of the guys foot, kicking up a hole in the asphalt. I shouted out a warning to them, I said to them. "The next guy that makes one motion in my direction gets the next round right through his head !!! Now just back OFF, and go AWAY !!!"

They took my advice, they knew I was deadly serious and wouldn't back down. They backed off, went to their car, and drove off in a hurry.

Like I said, I don't know why the man you saw at the walmart was open carrying, but I do know why I did, once upon a time, and his motivations may be similar to what mine were.

As a side note, I worked at that McDonalds for about a year and a half, open carrying the whole time. During the time I was on duty and carrying, the restaraunt was never again robbed while I was on duty. However, one week after I left, and moved onto another job, the morning roberies of that McDonalds started up again.

Sincerely,

ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

luigi
June 13, 2011, 08:53 AM
About two days after I started packing the gun, which was open carry, a band of about 3 robbers tried to overpower me in the parking lot when I arrived to work and was walking from my car to the back door to open the place up. Well, I pulled my gun, and fired a warning shot into the ground, a couple of inches from one of the guys foot, kicking up a hole in the asphalt. I shouted out a warning to them, I said to them. "The next guy that makes one motion in my direction gets the next round right through his head !!! Now just back OFF, and go AWAY !!!"


You do know that open carrying a loaded gun is illegal in California right? Also warning shots are stupid I think I'm gonna call BS on this one

Mt Shooter
June 13, 2011, 09:01 AM
We had a walmart employee shoot another while unloading a truck. He claimed he feared for his life as the other one was much larger and being aggressive. The shootee survived, and the shooter was not prosecuted. Pretty sure he no longer works there.

okiewita40
June 13, 2011, 09:05 AM
A warning shot should be placed center mass.

armoredman
June 13, 2011, 10:12 AM
Actually, I'm guessing off duty PD moonlighting for some extra cash in a bad economy, didn't realize he was flashing.

ElvinWarrior
June 13, 2011, 10:33 AM
Luigi,

The laws have not always been set up the way they are now. I'm an older man, many years along now, and this was a long, long, long time ago.

I assure you, this is not BS, and quite frankly I am suspicious of persons whoes first reaction to anything is to try and discredit the person. This is a tactic widely used by dishonest politians, and dishonest persons in general, and basically, fools very few other people other than yourself.

Are you going to say also, you doubt that western cowboys open carried loaded guns in the late 1800's and early 1900's because current laws do not allow open carry loaded guns?

As far as a warning shot being "stupid", well, if I am in a situation of that nature, facing armed robbers, fully knowing their goal is money, not harming me, and I have the time to scare the <deleted> out of them, and stop them in their tracks, with a warning shot, then I will. I was able to effectively resolve this issue, without harming anyone, without involving the police, and without ending up in court defending myself and possibly facing unjustifiable homicide charges. I don't think that's stupid at all, in fact I think it's the rational, prudent thing to do.

Sincerely,

ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

Sam1911
June 13, 2011, 10:46 AM
We're wandering here.

The OP saw someone open carrying.

Cool.

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