JitterzJava in North Spokane, Washington was robbed three times last month. Owner Sara Chapel said enough is enough and has begun encouraging her employees to be armed at work.
Security footage from the latest robbery attempt Sunday night shows a suspect holding what looks like a weapon trying to enter the shop through the drive-thru window. The employee was able to put down a block to stop the entry and grab her gun, but by then the suspect left. Chapel is making sure her employees can defend themselves if it happens again.
“A couple of them bring handguns every day, no matter what shift it is. There is always a gun here now,” she said.
Ms. Chapel also makes sure there is a firearm present at the coffee shop at all times. Many of her employees have their Washington State carry permits.
Local police have no problem with the employees of JitterzJava being armed so long as they are 18 years old and have a clean criminal record.
Owners such as Sara Chapel should be applauded for being concerned enough about their employees to encourage them to take their self-defense seriously.