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7-Eleven Clerk Pulls Gun On Robber, Defuses Situation, Gets Fired [Video]

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St. Petersburg, FL – One 7-Eleven clerk successfully defused a late-night robbery situation by pulling a gun and scaring the would-be thief off. Amazingly, even though nobody was seriously hurt, no property was damaged, and nothing was stolen, he was fired a week later.

Robert VanConett was a third-shift overnight worker at the 7-Eleven on 34th Street North. A series of armed robberies over his six years with the company began to concern him, and he started worrying seriously about his own safety.

“It’s a little scary at times working overnight,” he admitted.

At some point, VanConett started carrying a gun, which he was legally permitted to do. On October 12, he almost had to use it.

Security footage shows a man approaching the counter, attacking one of VanConett’s co-workers with a cup of hot coffee, pulling out a knife, and reaching for the money. VanConett pulled his gun on the robber.

“I just wanted to get him out of the store and it worked,” he said.

The robber ran out, nothing was stolen or damaged, and his co-worker was not seriously hurt in the attack. Seven days later, 7-Eleven dismissed VanConett because having his gun in the store is a violation of company policy.

“I was pissed off,” VanConett said.

But he added that he has no regrets.

“I’d do it again. It was just the simple fact I’m not going to sit there and get stabbed or get cut or anything like that. The guy looked like he was on drugs or something.”

Police ruled that VanConett was well within his rights to carry the gun, but admitted that there was little they could do in the face of company policy. Still, VanConett hopes that 7-Eleven reconsiders the policy, and cited cases like the recent murder of a store clerk who was stabbed more than 50 times.

“You don’t want to pull it out or shoot anybody, but you don’t want to be sitting in there if they start shooting and have nothing.”

Check out CCTV footage of the almost-robbery below, and let us know if you think VanConett should have lost his job.

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25 Responses to “7-Eleven Clerk Pulls Gun On Robber, Defuses Situation, Gets Fired [Video]”

  1. Ken Lueck

    7-11 sucks and its CEO can kiss my azz. They pay their clerks next to nothing and expect them to work in unsafe conditions without their 2nd Amendment rights. They'd be happier if their clerk was stabbed to death; so long as he didn't defend himself with a legal firearm.

  2. W Van Beasley II

    7-11 management to employees…..We do not care about your safety and we do not care if you die while we are paying you minimum wage. We will not hire security guards and you are not allowed to bring your own lawfully purchased lawfully carried weapons into our stores for your own protection. Also, if the store gets robbed on your shift, your wages will be docked until all stolen money is recouped.

  3. Clint Ford

    The ceo of 7-11 needs to work a few overnighters in some of their stores. Probably have a complete change in policy.

  4. Lionel Ward

    Another incident happened at another 7-11. Where the clerk fought off the robber and was fired for being $1 over in her drawer. sad sad sad

  5. Caleb Allen

    Yet somehow stories like this never make the mainstream news. I wonder why? :-p

  6. Mike Young

    Looks and sounds like I see a 7/11 store that doesn't deserve this Employee, I sure there are other businesses that would appreciate this Employee for his defense mode, and protecting their property.

  7. Iconic Freedom

    I can understand the concern a company have if people were armed but not trained on how to use the weapon. so why not make it policy that if you wish to conceal carry while working, you provide proof of training, etc.

    it is stupid and ignorant for ANYONE to think that his/her own safety is in the hands of someone else. personal responsibility compels the individual to arm himself and defend himself. you don't need permission to exercise your own inherent rights.

    hopefully this clerk will have another employer who supports his work ethic

  8. Joanne Christie

    Thank God he carried. What do you expect these days when you don't know who is going to rob or maybe kill you. Times have changed & protecting one's self is top priority. This is not a reason to fire someone.

  9. Lilly Coulter

    In AZ, we had to take an intensive class, complete with exam and actually getting tested on a variety of firing techniques, in order to receive a CCW permit. However, we can openly carry here without a permit/class/ training. Don't know what the rules are in FL. 7-11 should send their employees for some kind of defensive training, esp the clerks who are most at risk. Stupid management.

  10. Lilly Coulter

    The law states that we are to use guns ONLY to protect LIFE [our own or anyone nearby needing us]. NOT PROPERTY, not even our own property, most certainly not 7-11. Life is not replaceable.

  11. Angelene Frederick

    They should give him a trophy and a job in management. Why should people have to risk their lives for the store's money and not be able to protect themselves. 7-Eleven should pay for the permits of all its workers. SMH

  12. Tony Kammerer

    Lilly Coulter Az became a Constitutional Carry state a couple years ago so now you can carry open or concealed without asking for governments permission.

  13. Tony Kammerer

    Lilly Coulter that is dependent on your state laws, but when a lethal weapon is used in the commission of a robbery, you are under threat of death or great bodily harm. And frankly, we don't need replacements for such lowlifes as those robbing convenience stores under threat of such harm to employees (and usually anyone else in the store).

  14. Brandy Gillenkirk

    he shouldnt have been fired period for protecting himself, the other person, and the store itself from the robber… no one got hurt, and the owners of 7 – 11 should be thankful that they had a smart worker to keep the store safe from morons like that. i give credit to the guy for doing what he thought was right… saving himself, and the other person from being killed

  15. Bud Cox

    Never shopping at seven eleven again. Let those big wigs that make those policies work the third shift and see how long it takes them to start carrying a gun.

  16. Lilly Coulter

    Tony Kammerer my understanding from the class I took, were that it'd be better to have the CCW permit. Which I do.

  17. Lilly Coulter

    Tony Kammerer well if I'm sure that my life were in danger, I'd use my weapon. I'm certainly not advocating being a sitting duck for armed robberies.