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Baristas at this Washington Coffee Stand Are Packing Serious Heat

Jitterz Java in Spokane

Jitterz Java in Spokane

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.

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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.”

The .38 Special on the hip of barista Krystal Cogswell

The .38 Special on the hip of barista Krystal Cogswell

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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.”



Brett B

We have armed baristas (at least of of the team packs heat 24/7) too.

S and W is the favorite.

Here in Colorado many of our guests are armed as well.

It’s just part of the normal day-to-day culture here in the West.

It is a very peaceful place, Colorado.


The coffee team that shoots together, stays together.

Robert G

Three cheers for the girls. Glad to see they aren’t relying on a useless “gun free zone” sign to protect them. Starbucks needs to take note.


Let me get this straight – if someone pull up and points gun at the barista and the barista reaches for her gun – what do you really think will be the outcome (hint – not a very hard question) as verses, she doesn’t reach for a gun but gives the robber the money. So you really think (really means in reality) the barista having a gun is going to result in a better outcome for her?

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