SPOKANE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Baristas at a coffee shop are taking a stand and packing guns after recent robberies at the business.
Jitterz Java has had three robberies in less than a month and now employees are refusing to be victimized anymore and are arming themselves with guns at work, KXLY reported.
Sara Chapel, the owner of Jitterz Java, is supporting and encouraging her staff to bring their guns. She even told them to keep one in the stand just in case of trouble.
“I would rather have it and need it, than need it and not have it,” employee Krystal Cogswell said.
Cogswell, who has a .38 Special Lavender Lady secured to her hip, is one of the half dozen employees who is arming themselves.
“Before I never felt an immediate threat, so I would just have it off to the side or somewhere hidden,” Cogswell explained. ” But now I feel like if someone can see it, maybe it will just deter it right then and there and I won’t ever have to use it.”
During a robbery attempt Sunday night, security video footage shows a suspect holding what looks like a weapon trying to break into the shop via the drive-thru window, but an employee was able to put down a block to stop the suspect. She grabbed her gun, but the suspect had already fled.
Now, Chapel just wants to make sure her employees are able to defend themselves if another robbery attempt is made.
“A couple of them bring handguns every day, no matter what shift it is. There is always a gun here now,” she said.
Jitterz Java customers support the move by employees to carry guns.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” customer Kelly Dirks said.
“This isn’t a corporation. I encourage them to get guns under each window and shoot first,” customer Sharon Whitt said.
Cogswell has a concealed weapons license and doesn’t plan to use it unless she is put in danger.
“I’d like to defend myself if the time comes,” she said.
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