Robbed at GUNPOINT.

@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
United States
May 8, 2010 4:59pm CST
i DON'T KNOW WHY THIS CROSSED MY MIND TODAY . i GUESS BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET, Along w/my career of doing hair for 47 years, owning an antique store for 15 years , i worked in a convenience store as a 2nd job. They are a dangerous place to work & if u work in one please be careful. If u ever have a gun pointed in your face like i did PLEASE do exactly what the robber tells u to do. Has this ever happened to any of u?? scary, isn't it??
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25 responses
• Netherlands
8 May 10
i have never experienced it before but i can imagine this must be the scariest of all things but indeed like u pointed out 'see what i did there XD' do what they say better lose or money or job then ur life
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
Thanks for responing & welcome to mylot. Hope u enjoy it as much as i do. it was very scary. My youngest son was just a baby & i decided it was time that career was over. I wanted to see my children grown or him anyway. my other son was grown already. Have a great weekend.
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• United States
8 May 10
Owning the antique store must have been awesome!!!!! That would be my second Ideal job and I would so love it I would probley be willing to work for free!!!! back to the subject!!!! When my girls were 2 and newborn, I worked 3rd shift in a truck stop. I had enough seniourity that I had Friday and Saturday nights (bar crowds) off!!!! (no dumb blonde here!) When I went in one Sunday night we had a lot of extra police cars and I asked about it and they told me that they had almost been held up the night before, that they had found a handgun in the womens bathroom! I turned in my two week notice, I had 2 little girls at home that needed their mother a lot worse then I needed that job!!!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
I really enjoyed the antique store even tho it was alot of hard work. I had the beauty shop & antique store in the same building so it kept me pretty busy. i'm glad u got out of the truck stop. They are dangerous places to i would think. I never went back to work in a convenience store either, My youngest was just a baby & i felt the same way u did. Have a good night.
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• United States
9 May 10
I worked at 3 different truck stops in our area, as waitress, and I never had any problems with any of them. I worked all 3 shifts. In fact the one that was almost robbed was my favorite. It was just what happened scared me so much that I quit then went to work at the one closer to home. Then after my husband and I got married, he didn't want me working and we had 5 kids between the yours,mine & ours, so I was really busy at home with all of them. Then I took care of my mom and dad too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Good for u. People find out who they can mess with & who they can't. I had never sen the guy that robbed me. He wasn't a regular customer. I'm glad u got to stay home w/the kids. I never got to do that.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
8 May 10
It is a very dangerous job! I would never even consider working in one as I would be too scared! With all the money they have available and these economic times its a wonder more aren't robbed!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
I don't blame u for not wanting to. I was alot younger then & WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING. i WAS LIVING IN MEMPHIS AT THE TIME. i MOVED HOME & WENT BACK TO DOING HAIE AS a full time job. A robber hasn't got too much sense to rob a convenience store. If u are doing what u are suppose to u have very little money in your register.If i was going to take a chance of robbing something it sure wouldn'tbe a convenience store, I'd go big time like a bank,lol.Thanks for your response.
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@RachelleNH (1396)
• United States
8 May 10
I have never worked in a convenience store..but I had a good friend that did-in a bad section of town-and was robbed at gunpoint...she was so traumatized that she left her job. I think it would be a horrible experience-one you will never be able to forget.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
Thanks for your response. I'm glad your friend is alright & got out of that job. I really don't think u would ever forget that happening. Have a good night.
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• United States
8 May 10
Know I have never had this happen to me and I thank God. Excellent tips for our myLot friends that does work in places that put them at risk. You are a sweetheart. Happy Mother's day Snowqueen
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
Thanks for the kind response. I'm glad it has never happened to u. It certainly is a horrible experience. He told me to turn around & i was afraid he was going to shoot me, thank God , he didn't. U have a good night.
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• Philippines
8 May 10
It hasnt't exactly happened that way, but once I jumped out of a moving jeepney because of a robbery. I'm quite impulsive like that, so apart from being scared of the robbers, I also fear what I will do in such instances. What angers and distresses me is that at times, these robbers don't just rob the tangible. They rob lives. This happens not only to those who fight back, I believe. Perhaps one point is to do away with the possibility of having witnesses identify them in the future. As for those who survive the incident, they will have to live with the trauma induced. The shattered sense of security...
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 May 10
Thanks for your response. welcome to mylot. Hope u enjoy it as much as i do. I'm glad u weren't hurt when u jumped out. It's quite an experience to go through.U take care.
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi Antique, I can understand why this would cross your mind after all this time. Just listen to the news. It happens on a daily basis. These are desperate times for a lot of people. I work nights in a convenience store and have for years. I close up the place alone and never ever felt concerned. In the past couple of years, it does cross my mind at times. I do know to give them whatever they want. Most nights when I close up, the cops sit up on the highway where they can see the store. We do have a panic button but when a kid hit it by accident, it's clear that it isn't all that effective. It goes to a call center and then the call center calls the store for a run down of the situation to determine whether or not they needed to notify the police! In my opinion that is a waste of what could be very valuable time. I've made up my mind not to even pick up the phone if it rings and hopefully that would cause them to call the police.
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
12 May 10
Hi Antique, I hope you gave those people a piece of your mind and especially the fool that saw it and didn't make a move to even call the police! I am very aware of my surroundings when I close up at night. I check the parking lot for anyone just hanging about etc. The police do pretty well too. They've seen a vehicle down here and asked me to peek out and see if it is anyone I know. Usually its a local person talking on a cell or something. Places all around where I work have been robbed but not us. I think maybe it is because the cops are in and out all the time and it is a very very busy place and tons of security cameras etc. I know they are getting bolder and bolder but so far we've been lucky.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
13 May 10
I hope u stay lucky but please do be watchful & careful. I'm glad the poplice keep a good check on u, that's wonderful.Have a good night.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
12 May 10
SID, PLEASE BE CAREFUL.If it maks u feel any better it was the middle of the day when he robbed me. I was there by myself which u nearly always are. The police weren't much help either. The coporate office was right next door to the store & the maintance man saw what was going on & didn't do a thing not even calling the police, the jerk. Thanks for responding & take care.
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@dawnald (85129)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 May 10
Very scary. Never happened to me, but my mom had her car and purse stolen from her at gunpoint right in her own driveway. She did do what they said and she was OK, but still, pretty awful.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
13 May 10
I'm glad your mom was not harmed. I know that was awful for her. Thanks for responding.
@neildc (17239)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 May 10
i remember when i was a teen. me and my cousin went to a mall to just roam around since we don't have money and their house is only steps from the mall. while inside the mall, two men approached us, each of them put their arms around our shoulders and told us to be quiet and give them our watches. we were scared and we did what the men told us. we were crying when we reach home and still shaking. though there were no things pointed at us, that was really scary for us, since we were still kids.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi Neil, thanks for respoding. I know that was a very scary time for u & your cousin. People like that are just cowards & too lazy & sorry to get out & work for a living. I'm glad y'all weren't hurt.
@celticeagle (156234)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 10
This would be a horrifying situation to be in. I did work in a convenience store for a very short time. It was during rush at the high school and some kids came in there and one went back to the coolers while another stayed up front watching me. I realized almost immediately that something wasn't right and the one who went back to the coolers took a 12 pack out and ran out of the store. I went after him leaving the store! Silly me! I stopped about three blocks down the street and headed back. I laugh about it now but when it happened I was very angry at the little jerk.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
It was pretty scary but really didn't hit me till later how serios it could have been. I did the same thing & chased a shop lifter down one time,lol. When they caught him the police had been looking for him because he had beatten up his fater. I'm glad he ran instead of coming after me, lol. It ALWAYS MADE ME MAD AT THE JERKS TO. Thanks for responding.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
12 May 10
I was blessed, thanks.Have a good wed.
@celticeagle (156234)
• Boise, Idaho
12 May 10
Sounds like it. Luckily you had yourself a scarey cat and not a psycho!
• United States
9 May 10
I've never had that experience and cannot imagine how terrifying it must be! Were you harmed in any way, Antiquelady? I would hope I'd have the good sense to do exactly as told, but I also know a lot of the stores don't keep much money in the drawer and the cashier can't get to the rest. What if you CAN'T give the robber any more than is in the drawer and he won't take no for an answer? You poor darling. Did you stop working at the convenience store? I hope so. Absolutely do not want to lose a friend. Hugs and happy Mother's Day. Maggie
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Thanks for your sweet response. I hope u never face that situation. no, i was not harmed, THANK GOD & no i was not armed. YES, i did stop working there in fact they fired me . WE were not suppose to keep twenties in the register & i had just taken one & hadn't had time to drop it in the safe. I think i would have quit anyway but thought it pretty sorry of them altho it was a relief to know i didn't have to go back. hugs to u & i'm glad u are my friend.
• United States
12 May 10
I'm sorry they fired you, but glad you would have quit anyway. Any company that values a lousy $20 in the drawer over the employee, isn't worth be employed with.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
12 May 10
U got that right. Thanks. Happy wed. to u.
@andy77e (5156)
• United States
9 May 10
Oh yeah, it's terrifying no doubt. The one thing I don't like though is this idea that we should do exactly what the robbers say. Yes, I know that's what people are taught. Yes, I know that people think if you do what the bad guy says, that will save you. I'm sorry, but it won't. In college was lucky and privileged to have an ex-urban district police officer as a professor of social science. During the topic of crime, he brought in a video of criminals caught on tape in the act, and watched helpless victims do exactly as told, and end up shot and killed. Practically executed. Being a helpless lamb doesn't make you safe. What it does do is make criminals more bold knowing they can get away with anything because you'll do exactly as your told. This one guy was needed by the criminal to open up a safe. As soon as the safe was open, the criminal shot him from behind with a pistol, and killed him. Once the safe was open, the guy was potential witness, and thus eliminated. So no, I do not agree with doing whatever the criminal says. I'd rather die trying to fight him, than die pathetically on my knees hoping that by being an obedient terrified lamb, that they won't hurt me.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi andy, I appreciate what u are saying. We all have a right to our opinions, of course. There was not much i could do.Couldn't get over the counter to get to him. I hope if it ever happens to u , u will be o.k. but just be careful. Thanks for your response.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
12 May 10
Thanks andy, i'm glad to. Have a great wed.
@andy77e (5156)
• United States
12 May 10
You didn't have any way to defend yourself did you? That's scary. He could have done anything at all, and you would have been helpless. Glad he decided not to do anything to you.
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@doryvien (2284)
• United States
12 May 10
Hi Antiquelady, Not at gunpoint, but my niece was walking on her way home at about 9pm, when she noticed her bag was being pulled by something (it turned out it's someone). When she looked at her back there were 3 boys(teenagers) riding on a motorbike, one of them pulled her handbag and pushed her such that she fell to the ground. It was payday and she has just taken some money from the ATM. The boys drove away with her money, cellphone and all her important identification/documents. She said she was stunned she just stared as the kids left her on the ground, unable to move, she couldn't even find her voice to ask for help.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
13 May 10
HI dORY, Thanks for responding. Bless your niece's heart. That is horrible to have something like that happen. Those boys needed to be whipped, the sorry things.
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
14 Dec 10
Thankfully this isn't something that I have ever experienced and I'm hoping that I never do experience anything like this at all. It would scare me so much that I know that I would pee my pants right then and there. I'm glad to hear that you made it out of your scary situation safely and I hope that everyone else that finds themselves in a similar situation will be able to safely come out of it as well.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
14 Dec 10
tHANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. i HOPE U NEVER HAVE TO GO THERE & I HOPE I NEVER DO AGAIN.I am very blessed to have lived thtough it safely. Happy tuesday to u.
@gabs8513 (48687)
• United Kingdom
10 May 10
Wow Jo no this has never happened to me and I would never like it to happen to me You must have been terrified
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi Gabs, i am glad it has never happened to u. I was scared at the time but it scared me worse after it was all over & i had time to think about it & what could have happened. Thanks for responding.
@BarBaraPrz (44943)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 May 10
Yes, it happened to me three years ago, but it didn't scare me and not only did the guy not get any money from me, he got caught soon after. You can read about it here: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1203181.aspx
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
hi Barb, i'm glad they caught the jerk & very glad u weren't harmed. They are dangerous places to work. Take care & thanks for responding.Hope u have a good night.
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@cream97 (29087)
• United States
9 May 10
Hi, ANTIQUELADY. I have never had this happen to me before. I don't even want to even experience this. I know that this was very scary. I am glad that you are okay after this bad situation has taken place. I would do as the robbery says. Even though I may not agree to it. This is very scary to go through. Many people are lucky to be alive after this. This is something that I tend to fear. I hope it never happens to me. I have always had an feeling of insecurity when I would work at a gas station. I think this is not a safe place to work late at night, especially if you are a female. I would rather have a couple of males that are tough to work in this store with me.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi dear, I hope u never have to go through an experience like that.U be careful!! It is dangerous for u to be there by yourself. U think u are in danger more at night but this happened to me in broad open daylight so u just never know. It takes a sorry good for nothing to rob people instead of going out & getting an honest job. Thanks for responding.
@bunnybon7 (50975)
• Holiday, Florida
9 May 10
yes very scarey. i worried something awful when one of my daughters did that job. ive been reading a lot of true crime from a LOT of old books ive collected through the years and you'd be surprised how many people have been killed even tho they didnt even resist so its dangerous no matter what.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Hi BON, I hope your daughter gave that job up. They are a very dangerous place to work. I travelled a year opening stores, training the manager etc. After the company sold one of the stores i opened two ladies were killed in the store. I don't think they ever caught them. Thanks for responding.
• United States
11 May 10
I've never had any interest in working at a convenience store because they do seem to be a favorite site for robberies. I'm thankful I've never been face to face with a gunman. I pray I never am.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
They are dangerous places to work. I hope u never have to work at one or have that experience. thanks for responding.
• United States
10 May 10
yes this has happened to me in 1983 i work for 7-11 the graveyard shift and a man came in the door cocked his shotgun and i will never forget that sound he pointed it right at me and told me to open the safe and i said i couldn't he said he knew that i was the manage and i better open it so i did and he got a way with a lot but i was bonded for that but i quit my job the next morning and went home and started babysitting for people and it was safe
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
11 May 10
Good for u for quitting. Glad u weren't hurt. I was also working for 7-11 when i was robbed. It was in memphis. I decided it was time i came back home & that's where i have been ever since. I'm not planning on leaving my hometown again, lol. Thanks for responding.