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    My son works in a convenience store. His boss thinks he is really great and is thinking of promoting him to Assistant Manager. She even started the ball rolling by teaching him some of the things he will deal with as part of his job. She has told him on several occassions that she likes having him working the night shift.

    Well, as everyone knows, when nighttime comes around all the "cockroaches" start to appear. By saying "cockroaches", I mean the thieves and other such people.

    Yesterday he worked day shift. He came home in the afternoon and told us of an incident that happened in the store. Someone had come in to do a "beer run" at around 4AM. The man had the gall to ask the clerk if it would be a problem if he took the beer w/o paying. The clerk told him it would. Well, the man picked up his shirt and showed a gun to the clerk. The clerk told him to do whatever. It seems that my son has also had them do some beer runs while he has also worked night shift. He has tried to put things in the way out so they will have a harder time to run out quickly. He even has messed around with the beer boxes so they will open while they run out. He and the other clerks have orders not to do anything to stop these people so they won't get hurt. It makes them feel so angry that someone can just come in and rip off things and they just have to stand there and do nothing.

    The thing is that they are getting more daring in doing it. The business doesn't have any security person to hang around there. So the clerks are pretty much on their own. Now, the clerk who had this happen to him has quit. Can't say that I blame him. Problems is that now my son's wife and I are even more worried about him getting shot or hurt in some way. Last night I had nightmares about him too. I don't want to have him hurt or killed. I think of his wife and baby and that worries me even more. Sure wish I could do something to help him avoid the possible threat of getting hurt.

    Sorry to ramble on, just needed to vent. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

    Raven
    Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo~

    A warrior is not one who always wins,
    but one who keeps on fighting to the end ~ Unknown ~

    #2
    Geee... thats nice to hear

    I thought I was the alien whoms mom have a nervous breakdown if the night hits and I'm out... I know its diferent but stil.

    Raven, why don't you both talk to him, maybe if he realizes how the family feels, he'l reconsider the promotion or might get some security implented

    ...It's the heart afraid of breaking,that never learns to dance... It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance... It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give, and the soul afraid of dyin'... That never learns to live...
    Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!

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      #3
      Raven

      I wish I could reassure you, but it sounds like a pretty dangerous job. I have had two patients who were clerks or owners of convenience stores and were shot and got their SCIs during robbery attempts.

      I am sure this is a good job, but while he is doing it perhaps he could use some of his daytime hours to look for another job that is a little safer.

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        #4
        sorry for scaring you more, but the facts is that
        convenience store clerks is one of the most dangerous jobs.
        i think alaska fishing and taxi cabs drivers are the only
        2 ranked higher.

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          #5
          other high risk jobs are;
          law enforcment
          firefighting
          lumber cutting
          mining
          pilots
          sci researcher if they dont release the damn cure.

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            #6
            Raven

            I would suggest you sway him to look into a different job if at all possible. It is not worth the risk, especially for what most clerks get paid.

            "Life is about how you
            respond to not only the
            challenges you're dealt but
            the challenges you seek...If
            you have no goals, no
            mountains to climb, your
            soul dies".~Liz Fordred
            "Life is about how you
            respond to not only the
            challenges you're dealt but
            the challenges you seek...If
            you have no goals, no
            mountains to climb, your
            soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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              #7
              I am a computer "SPAZ"

              I would really welcome any thing anyone has to say. I am a critical care RN who has just recently had a new para change my life. I don't spend alot of time on the computer and can't figure out even how to send a msg

              cosmo
              cosmo

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                #8
                Cosmo

                Post you're experience on the Relationships and Sex board, we would be interested in hearing how this Para changed you're life, hopefully it was for the better.

                "Life is about how you
                respond to not only the
                challenges you're dealt but
                the challenges you seek...If
                you have no goals, no
                mountains to climb, your
                soul dies".~Liz Fordred
                "Life is about how you
                respond to not only the
                challenges you're dealt but
                the challenges you seek...If
                you have no goals, no
                mountains to climb, your
                soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                  #9
                  To make it worse....

                  Now my daughter-in-law is going to start working in the same place too. I just can't believe how things sometimes turn out.

                  Thing is that she needs to work so they can meet their financial expenses so she accepted it. Now I just hope and pray that nothing bad happens to either one of them. What else can I do?

                  Curtis,

                  Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to talk with them both now and hope they listen to me. Am also hoping that their is a change here, jobs are really getting scarce. Living in the bordertown has become harder now since most of the plants and other businesses are downsizing. Apparently, Clinton's idea of NAFTA didn't take us into consideration and therefore there is so much unemployed people here. But I am sure things will get better in time.

                  Raven
                  Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo~

                  A warrior is not one who always wins,
                  but one who keeps on fighting to the end ~ Unknown ~

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                    #10
                    Convenience store clerks

                    In Florida a few years ago the State passed a law that required that all convenience stores that are open 24 hours a day must have two people work during evening and overnight hours. The industry complained mightily about the law but relented, and crimes in convenience stores during night hours dropped by 40%.

                    I know that there are other security recommendations for stores, and I would mention these to your son to see if his employer complies with them. These include not stacking merchandise near the door, making sure that the big glass windows in the front of the store are clear and not covered up with signs, having a security camera clearly visible, well-lit store and surrounding parking lot, etc. Basically criminals will go to the place where they are least likely to encounter trouble or be caught. Make his store unappealing and they will go somewhere else. - Joe

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                      #11
                      I don't think I've ever lived anyplace in the States that has beer to sell at 4am. Here you can't buy liquor in convenience stores and liquor stores have to close at 9. Same in most counties in Wisconsin. Latest there you can buy take out beer is like 11pm from bars with a carry permit. Might want to see what the local liquor board has to say? They might be better to talk to then the store associations.

                      And it's not just there Raven. I live close to several convenience stores and on 2 highways. They get robbed for cash all the time. But they all have securty cameras and the stores prosecute.
                      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                        #12
                        Not for nothing but how about asking your son to talk to the Air Force or Army for that matter. At least he´ll get some cash for college and learn something instead of staying at that dead end job. If he has to dodge lead, may as well get better paid for it as well as a rifle to shoot back with.
                        "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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                          #13
                          That is a good idea about the service. I read the same report that put convenience store clerk #3 in danger behind cab driver and Alaskan crab fisherman. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img] The store will not want to add security because of the cost. That is scary that your DIL will be working there, too! I hope some solution can be found for them to support themselves without putting themselves into so much danger. My sympathies on the NAFTA fallout in your area, that must be rough.

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                            #14
                            The solution is simple...

                            ....and unless your son has asperations to be working in a convieninace store for the rest of his days then I agree with the others who say "Tell him to quit".

                            There are lots of other less than glamorous jobs he could be doing that are 10 tems safer.

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                              #15
                              Curtis & emcqueen

                              I don't think emcqueen was refering to a relationship or sexual experience with this para. I am guessing that taking care of him has impacted the way she views life, etc.

                              Cosmo,
                              Please click on the button New topic in the life forum if you are referring to a non-sexual and or non-romantic impact on your life.

                              If in fact it has been a sexual or romantic impact, click on the Relationship Forum.
                              Every day I wake up is a good one

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