There is a saying that states that ‘if something is wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.’ But far too many people ignore this, thinking that someone else will stand up and do what is needed. What happens, as a result, is that no one does it, leaving crimes unaccounted for, wrongs never righted, and courage never taken.
However, that can not be said of a Dollar General store clerk in Dayton, Ohio. He acted when it mattered most, saving his company from loss and keeping his honor and integrity in the process.
Last Wednesday, an armed man intent on robbing walked into the Dayton store, produced a loaded gun, which he pointed at the clerk, and proceeded to demand money.
But the clerk, who held a concealed carry license, was not about to let this man intimidate him and walk away with hundreds of dollars. Instead, he produced his own firearm and returned the would-be robber’s gunfire. The robber, Roosevelt Rappley, was shot in the chest. He quickly ran as fast as he could out of the store to the parking lot, where he collapsed and died.
The store clerk and the companies cash remained safe and intact.
And yet the robber’s family is outraged that their sibling and son was killed while trying to commit a felony with a dangerous weapon.
The local Ohio news station interviewed two of Rappley’s siblings, who both blamed the clerk for their brother’s death. His sister said, “That was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest.” And she continued, ranting, “Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”
And yet, if more store clerks or workers did, there would be a lot less crime.
Besides, Rappley strutted into that store with a gun loaded, aimed, and ready to do his worst for a few extra hundred in cash. Do you think he would have knowingly let the store clerk call the police? No, it’s far more likely that if the courageous clerk had tried, he would have been shot by the robber, becoming yet another innocent victim who just happened to show up for work that day and find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
At this time, it is unclear how Dollar General will react to the clerk’s needed action. They could say he was simply protecting himself and the store, allowing him to remain in their employ or even give him a reward of some sort.
However, all too often, companies choose to reprimand their employees for such actions, agreeing with the family of this robber somewhat and saying that it is only the police’s job to act with valor. They may even choose to terminate him.
Whatever the case, this brave clerk does not have to fear because another company, upon hearing about his actions, has offered him a position with their ranks.
CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing and national spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, Kyle Reyes has announced that he would offer a position to this clerk in a heartbeat.
He said, “I believe the company will do the right thing, just as I believe the clerk did the right thing. If, for whatever reason, they don’t, we’d be honored to offer the clerk a position at our company.”
Reyes company is well known for its excellent employee rights that allow all workers to carry, regardless of their position. The gun-friendly company also offers to pay for any employees concealed carry classes, as well as hands out a bonus to those that complete those classes and get a permit.
In addition, the company also brings in licensed firearm teachers once a month to train employees on how to safely and effectively use firearms. On these days, all guns and ammo are provided by the company at no additional cost to the employee.
It’s a company any gun-loving, Second Amendment respecting patriot would love to work for. And one that won’t likely ever be robbed.