Dangerous Jobs in the Heartland

Dangerous Jobs in the Heartland
By: CJ Cassidy

H

ow comfortable would you feel if you left the door to your workplace open overnight
while you
were
working?

That's what convenience store clerks on the graveyard shift do, every night, never knowing who might walk in.

Monday night, police say an armed robbery at the Stanfield Hillbilly 60 convenience store in Dexter, left clerks shaken up.

Nowadays when store owners hire a clerk, they train them so they know what to do if they're ever held up.

Store managers say what happened in Dexter is exactly the type of scenario they warn employees about when they apply for a job.

"Y

ou just have to make sure your employees are aggressive
," Regional Manager of the Stanfield chain Lisa Bell says.

S
till
, B
ell says employees should never try to put up a fight
,
when faced with a life threatening situation.

"I

f someone comes in they're gonna rob the place pull a gun on you give them the money
," she says.

Monday, t
he clerk thought the robber was pulling a prank on her until she saw the gun.

"S

he stepped back they took over
, and she handled it the
proper way
," Bell says.

D
exter
P
olice
D
etective
T
revor
P
ulley says he's working on tracking down the suspects
,
and agrees clerks need to realize just how dangerous their jobs can be.

"They're open at all times, even at three in the morning, and that's when most violent crimes take place," Pulley says.

S
o do any of the clerks here plan on looking for something a little less dangerous?

Mos
t
, like Kim Merrill,
say no.

"I

know
what to do, and no body has to get hurt," she says.

I

nvestigators say they believe the suspects in this latest robbery are a man and a woman.
I
f you know who they are or have any information about what happened please call the police department nearest you.