Shannon “Bear” Cothran – a New Hampshire gas station clerk until his heroic act – was fired at a Shell gas station in Nashua after he stopped a robbery, according to a Huffington Post report on Wednesday.
Cothran explained that a man approached him with a knife to rob the gas station, but the would-be thief took off running when the Cothran pulled out a gun in response to the knife-wielding robber.
Following the incident, the clerk filed a report with Nouria Energy Corporation – which is the owner of the gas station – was fired a few hours later even though the current store manager and district manager tried to save his job.
According to Nouria Energy Corporation – via a statement the firm released on Wednesday – clerks are instructed to give thieves what they ask for during a robbery attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully and quickly.
The statement went on to say that the company cares about the well-being of employees like Cothran whose years of service – it claims – are truly appreciated. They say they aren’t concerned about the money in the cash register. The firm says they are especially grateful that the incident involving Cothran was resolved without injury. Yet, the firm strongly believes that the best way to keep its employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace.
In their defense, the company claims that its no-weapons policies are the same as other in the gas station-industry and also the policy advised by police.