Want An Extra Shot With That Espresso or Do You Feel Lucky Punk?

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Jitterz Coffee SpokaneCoffee loving residents of Spokane have been put on notice!

If you want a cuppa java in the morning, you better wait patiently in line, place your order when when the barista tells you to, and then move along peacefully after leaving a large tip.

If you follow these simple instructions there should be no reason for the barista to have to bust a cap in yo ass!

Jitterz Java, in north Spokane, has been plagued with robberies lately.

It's gotten so bad that the owner now has the baristas carrying sidearms while at work.

I don't know if I have a problem with this or not really, I am a firm believer and staunch supporter of the second amendment but at the same time I am a fan of common sense.

If you are going to carry a loaded firearm, you better be proficient in using it.

How much time are the employees spending at the range? How are they going to react if something happens again? If they draw their sidearm on someone, is that more likely to actually get them shot by the person robbing them?

Like I said, I don't know if this is a good idea or a bad one.

Your thoughts?

 

 

 

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Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
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Kevin,

Wow!!!! I've not heard of a situation like this. Very scary. I understand why the owner wants to protect his employees and business and I guess if they have the proper training it should work out okay. Hope it does for everyone involved. 

Mar 19, 2014 03:20 AM #1
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Kevin Ray
Resident Realty - Aurora, CO
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Trisha - Hopefully this is getting enough press that things will settle down for them and everybody will know they are armed. Really an interesting debate I think.

Mar 19, 2014 03:41 AM #2
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Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
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Wow, really? It's time to start making coffee at home more. I think I'd feel more comfortable if they had some kind of training, and it was documented. 

Mar 19, 2014 07:31 AM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
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Kevin, like you, I would hope that these employees went through the right kind of training - actually, I'm told it's one good thing that the NRA does. 

Mar 19, 2014 08:00 AM #4
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Kevin Ray
Resident Realty - Aurora, CO
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Suzanne ~ Agreed, training would be key in this instance and documentation might be a great way to put the public at ease.

Mar 19, 2014 08:05 AM #5
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Kevin Ray
Resident Realty - Aurora, CO
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Patricia ~ I think a lot of police departments and law enforcement agencies offer training classes as well.

Mar 19, 2014 08:06 AM #6
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Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
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Not really sure if this is a good idea or a bad idea but I think I will buy my coffee at a shop that doesn't need to arm their employees.

Mar 19, 2014 11:10 AM #7
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Kevin Ray
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Scott - lol yeah I'm kinda thinking the same thing.

Mar 20, 2014 01:14 AM #8
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Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
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I'm not a fan of guns in general being carried around on your him like we are in the wild west.. I think that would make me not want to go to that shop!

Mar 20, 2014 04:04 AM #9
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Kevin Ray
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Sheila ~ Yeah I think it will make a lot of people think twice before going there.

Mar 20, 2014 07:02 AM #10
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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I have a Concealed Carry Permit, and use it. BUT, as others have mentioned, visible carry is not my personal favorite idea as it's a "Shoot ME first" advertisement in case of a Crazee Attack (or "eat-me-first" for Zombie Attack....). HOWEVER, in THIS setting, I can see the point in it as it's a highly visible warning to the bad guys. Possibly even better, a BIG sign stating "SOME of our employees are Armed and Trained. GUESS which ones....". This should serve same purpose, assuming the bad guys can read!

Mar 21, 2014 05:38 AM #11
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Kevin Ray
Resident Realty - Aurora, CO
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Travis ~ we probably shouldn't assume anything lol

Mar 21, 2014 09:18 AM #12
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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Kevin- I know that I would not be comfortable carrying a sidearm while working in a  coffee shop!  Wouldn't it be better to have a safe that did not open?  Common sense is not prevailing in this instance...

Mar 25, 2014 03:46 AM #13
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Kevin Ray
Resident Realty - Aurora, CO
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Shanna ~ I agree

Mar 27, 2014 01:24 AM #14
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