There has been a rash of robberies of drug stores in our area.
So, someone in a position of authority with one chain of drug stores passed down instructions for a way to solve the problem:
From now on, an employee would stand at the door and greet customers as they walked in. And if someone was wearing a hood they would ask the person to take it off.
The woman who was telling me this works at one of these drug stores and is about my age. She would have to take her turn during her shift as the “greeter”. She was dismayed, and I don’t blame her.
Let’s think about how this would work. A drug-addled young man might be in a withdrawal frenzy, desperately in need of a “fix”. But he has no money, so he goes to a drug store to do anything he has to to get some drugs. Just before he walks into the store, he remembers to put up his hood in hopes that he won’t be recognizable on the surveillance cameras.
But when he walks in the door he is immediately confronted by an “old lady” who tells him to take off his hood.
So, how do you think this scenario would play out?
I hope that he would just turn around and leave. But, depending on how high he is, this could be very dangerous for the person who confronted him as well as anyone else around, especially if he is carrying a gun.
But, luckily, this plan of action didn’t last very long. So many of the employees rebelled at being put in this position that the management backed down from the plan.
I also wonder if some of the managers might have taken their turn at the door and maybe that made them realize what a vulnerable position the “greeter” was being put in.
I sympathize with the managers who are trying to figure out ways to thwart robbers, but I don’t think this particular plan was well thought out.
The plan reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: “Nothing’s impossible if you don’t have to do it yourself.”