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Open Carry by Supermarket Employees

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Smoke, Sep 9, 2003.

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  1. Smoke

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    We're taking aim at high prices!
    06:00 PM CDT on Monday, September 8, 2003

    We're taking aim at high prices!

    At the Vol Market in Knoxville, Tenn., employees are likely to be wearing a nametag, a smile – and a gun. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that the owners of the supermarket and deli like a "visual deterrent" to anybody thinking of robbing the store. So, while it's not mandatory, many employees go about their jobs with pistols in a holster on their hip.

    "We're just protecting what we have worked long and hard for and protecting our customers," said co-owner Alan Frye. "We don't want to shoot anybody. But we couldn't be in this business without the pistols."

    A police officer told the newspaper that gun-toting merchants are fairly common in pawnshops, but not supermarkets. Vol Market also cashes checks, which requires having lots of cash on hand. "Some customers, after they've cashed a big check, will ask us to escort them to their cars, and we are glad to do it," said co-owner Rich Nichols.

    The owners said they instituted the policy in 1996, when the state began allowing people with permits to carry guns. The store has been burglarized three times since then, but never robbed. Armed employees have detained several people trying to cash stolen checks until police arrived.

    Anybody carrying a gun has to take a training course that includes reminders that guns can be used only when lives are in danger. Mr. Nichols concurs, adding, "If someone wants to come in here and scuffle, we've still got baseball bats and axe handles for that."

    Michael Precker

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    Interesting article. The picture that ran in the paper but isnot available in the online article shows a "Bubba" looking guy in overalls packing a Glock.

    They run a Pro gun piece then try to make the reader think we're all tobacco chewing rednecks by running the photo they did.

    At least it was a decent bit for the front page of the Texas Living section. Just too bad it was in Tennessee.

    :)
     
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    That's my VOL FANS for ya'!


    GO BIG ORANGE!


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  3. Henry Bowman

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    Gotta love it! :D
     
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    They'd get all my bidness, if I were there. Y'gotta love 'em.
     
  5. BerettaNut92

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    Man, I'd love to open up a Chinese restaurant and do that here!!!
     
  6. seeker_two

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    If I'm ever back in TN, I'll be buying up a few things....


    But it does beg the question: Leather or Plastic?...:scrutiny:
     
  7. tcdrennen

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    Hey, Skunky, actually, that's perfectly legal in CA: an employer can permit any employee to openly carry on the business premises, without even having to have a BSIS open carry permit-that only applies to uniformed security guards employed by a guard company.

    My roommate regularly carries openly when working for a swap meet operator (she handles cash at a remote part of the lot.)

    Yhe problem is getting yoor insurance to be okay with it. :(
     
  8. cool45auto

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    That's too cool! Good for them!
     
  9. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Cool.
    I hope it doesn't spook too many blue haired yuppie libs.
    That could negatively affect the bottom line.
    And the bottom line keeps the store open.

    Sam
     
  10. Sunray

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    Gives a whole new meaning to, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin." Doesn't it? I wonder what kind of training they get. Who decides if that pimply faced part time, high school, kid can carry while taking your groceries out to your car?
     
  11. DJJ

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    I'd shop there.

    "Gimme the money!"

    *BANG BANG*

    "Wet cleanup on aisle three.."
     
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    Over the intercom: "Reload, isle 3" ...

    :p
     
  13. Tamara

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    I love living in Knoxville! :D

    Sincerely,
    Tam (who open carries a C&L 1911 at work herself, although working at a gun store probably doesn't count. ;) )
     
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    Sunray,

    You trust him to pilot a multi-thousand pound projectile down the road past you at 70 MPH, right? You think that might make major? ;)

    I'm all for letting folks make their own choices and then live with the consequences. If you don't trust Vol Market's hiring policies and employees, perhaps you could shop elsewhere; someplace that hires people that they wouldn't trust with a gun (or even an axe handle). Maybe someplace that folks aren't willing to give you a free courtesy escort to your car after cashing your check...
     
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    What, nobody drops dead from the mere sight of this?:cool:

    Should be the law of the land.:D
     
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    man i wish i could shop there....thats awesome
     
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    If we did something like this here in Peru we would all get in jail...just got to love the USA!
     
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    I'd shop there.
     
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    BowStreetRunner said it....that's awesome! :D
     
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    From page 1 of the Knoxville News-Sentinel


    http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_2229035,00.html
     
  21. TallPine

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    How is he doing that? It looks like the holster is just clipped onto the bib overall fabric where it buttons on the side. Doesn't look very secure.

    When I open carry with overalls, I usually have jeans and belt on underneath, and just leave the right side buttons open.
     
  22. vanbeast

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    Paddle holster....?
     
  23. 4v50 Gary

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    No objection, but I hope they're taught handgun retention and other safety techniques to prevent take-aways.
     
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    Wait a minute....isnt this a thread duplicate? I swear I have seen it before...
     
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    Awesome!

    :D
     
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