“The president of Plaid Pantry told KOIN 6 News the stores have a zero tolerance for weapons and the clerk is no longer employed there. He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury.”
Hmm… de-escalate. Isn’t that exactly what the now fired employee did?
This seems to explain a lot about Portland, Oregon.
According to KOIN 6, a convenience store clerk in Oak Grove, a suburb of Portland, was confronted in late April by a “customer” who apparently hoped to take cash from the register, and perhaps make off with some merchandise for free. The man came into the Plaid Pantry around 1 AM and pulled a foot-long hatchet from his pants. He “showed it” to the clerk, and in the security video (below) appeared to accompany his hatchet move with some words. The would-be thief then laid the hatchet on the counter.
Almost instantaneously, the clerk — clearly with small arms training — pulled his pistol but held it in a safe position in front of him, not pointing it at the attacker. With his left hand, he picked up his cell phone and called 911.