After three robberies in a month, the owner of a drive-through coffee stand in Spokane, Wash., is encouraging employees to carry guns on their hips.
Spokane’s KXLY News broke the story yesterday at Jitterz Java, where owner Sara Chapel says at least her handgun is always within reach of her baristas, and she is also encouraging them to bring and carry their own firearms on the job. Barista Krystal Cogswell, who carries a .38 Special Lavender Lady, told KXLY:
“I would rather have it and need it, than need it and not have it,” Krystal Cogswell said. “Before I never felt an immediate threat, so I would just have it off to the side or somewhere hidden. 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.”
KXLY describes an “outpouring of support” from the stand’s customers, with one drive-through customer telling the station, “This isn’t a corporation. I encourage them to get guns under each window and shoot first.”