Convenience Store Clerk is Top 5 Dangerous Job

Published: Aug. 16, 2002 at 10:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2002 at 10:57 PM CDT
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Working as a convenience store clerk is ranked up there with being a peace officer when it comes to job danger. That became evident in this weeks robberies and murders.

Many times convenience stores are vulnerable to robbers because only one attendant is working at a time.

Also they are open in the early morning hours and late at night when robbers are more likely to strike.

"An attendant at a convenience store that's working at night are not trained to meet this kind of violence and often times a confrontation occurs," says Sheriff J.B. Smith. "Often times the individual is very nervous, or on drugs or alcohol. They are very dangerous. It's a very volatile situation."

One reason why D& N Grocery makes it a practice to have multiple employees behind the register. These clerks are also trained to look for suspicious people inside and out and to take their license numbers.

"I come in and I always check to see all around my surroundings if anyone's around," says Lola Castillo, D&N Grocery. "If any cars are parked out there, or even if a car's out there, I'll call the police department to escort me cuz I don't know what's inside that car."

That's why Sheriff Smith urges clerks or anyone trapped inside during a convenience store robbery to never surprise the robbers. Any unexpected moves or people emerging from back rooms could cause them to snap and use their gun.