What would you do if your place of employment were being robbed? Would you give in to the criminals and do as they say? Would you fight back? Do you believe you would have a legal right to fight back? Just how far would you be willing to go to protect yourself.
One Georgia woman is facing those questions today. The backlash against her is making headlines across the country.
The Newnan Times-Herald reported that Heather Burkinshaw-Stanley was working last week at a local Waffle House in Newnan, Ga. As three men finished their meal and prepared to leave, one of them “gave the cashier a note warning everyone in the building would be shot if money in the cash register wasn’t handed over to the trio.” The men left the building and went to their car. That is when Burkinshaw-Stanley acted.
“I wasn’t sure if they were coming back or now,” she said. “I was in fear ford my life, my co-workers’ lives and I did what I thought was right.”
Burkinshaw-Stanley then went outside to her own car, retrieved her personal firearm and shot into the air. For her actions, Burkinshaw-Stanley was promptly fired from Waffle House for violating their gun free policy.
“For trying to protect their Waffle House and trying to protect their money and to get their money back, they let me go,” she told a WSB-TV. “I know what I did. To myself I felt it was right and wouldn’t hesitate, I would do it again.”
Burkinshaw-Stanley has set up a GoFundMe page to help support her family while she seeks new employment.
“In the heat of the moment, as the robbers left, I ran to my car and retrieved my gun,” she wrote. “I safely fired a round in the air in an attempt to scare the robbers who were in the process of getting in their vehicle. Not knowing if they were retrieving their weapon to return to the Waffle House. My shot must have gotten their attention as they rapidly drove off.”
Source: The Newnan Times-Herald