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Old September 13, 2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Boycott Walgreens!

A Pharmacist in a Michigan Walgreens was fired for shooting back at two armed robbers.

Walgreens can do whatever they want with their business, but so can we.

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Old September 13, 2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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Already under discussion in L&CR, unless you intend to focus on the boycott aspect.
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Old September 13, 2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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Ok. I like CVS better anyhow.
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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Interesting tactic, but boycotts probably don't require much training...

That said:Since he violated store policy, it's Walgreen's right to terminate his employment, despite the fact that he saved them some $ and likely his coworker's life.

Working in a location where carry is not allowed by anyone, employee or otherwise, I'm not terribly surprised at the company's reaction - would set a "dangerous" precedent to allow him to retain his job.

So to perhaps keep this alive for T&T purposes: What do I do if some random BG comes in? Hide under my desk with a letter opener, hope for the best, and be a breathing witness after the fact.

Dammit, Jim, I'm a librarian, not a security guard!
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:12 AM   #5
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Stressfire, the way I see it, the boycott is over the policy itself, not the individual firing. IE, such a boycott should only be lifted if Walgreen's revised their policy, not if they simply re-hire the pharmacist.
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:17 AM   #6
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True, but how many corporate entities actually allow non-security employees to go armed?

Just about any handbook I've ever gotten from an employer has stated "no weapons to be carried by employees" Period. Heck, a drug store I worked at in college gave me grief over a box cutter I carried....for Pete's sake, I was a stock boy!
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:18 AM   #7
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Stressfire, I agree. This is actually a recurring debate in L&CR: the 2A rights of the individual vs the private property rights of businesses. I tend to take the position that a company that bans carry by employees should necessarily have armed security, but business owners don't like that approach, either.
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:27 AM   #8
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I feel a post-traumatic stress disorder lawsuit coming on for Walgreens!
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:27 AM   #9
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I take my own gun to Walgreens. Don't need any help from a pharmacist if SHTF, but it is appreciated of proffered. What does corporate think about that, my own gun policy, chuck 'em. I wish the guy well in his search for a new job. Walgreens will see the day they have to hire guys like him for security at their stores, if they don't already.
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:29 AM   #10
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I understand this puts a business in a tough situation. But, not nearly as tough of a situation as the employee.

Just remember the pharmacist would likely be dead had he not had a gun.
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Old September 13, 2011, 08:47 AM   #11
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This incident and its aftermath has been under discussion in L&CR for quite awhile now.

Closed as a duplicate.
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