They stormed in dressed in all black with massive guns.
My team and I were getting ready to shut down the store and go home for the night. I stood by the express lane, straightening the magazines and candy racks. A black SUV came to a screeching halt in front of the store and saw the three men jump out.
My worst nightmare was about to become a reality.
They Knew Where the Money Was
I started to walk towards the back of the store and dialed 911. I was shaking, stuttering, and struggling to give the operator the information.
At that moment, I heard a loud BANG!
It wasn’t gunfire. Thankfully. The emergency exit started blaring seconds later, and I heard a car screech off. They were gone as fast as they came.
“I hope no one was hurt.”
I could hear loud crying as I approached the front of the store. I feared the worst and was preparing myself mentally.
Luckily, no one was hurt. At least not physically.
The armed men wanted money, of course. The loud bang I heard was from them trying to break through the bulletproof glass in the cashier’s office. It barely made a dent. I think they got nervous and just ran out.
If someone had got hurt- I would have been devastated. This was one of the most traumatic moments in my life.
Moment of Truth
The next day I submitted my three-week notice.
I was already planning, contemplating, and thinking about doing it. I later learned that we were in the middle of a recession, so quitting was pretty dumb.
I’ve made many dumb decisions in my life. This one will guarantee that I’d be present in my daughters’ lives. Let’s go!