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Store Clerk ‘Suspended’ From Job After Using Gun to Halt Robbery

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Washington DC - -(  A 58-year-old store clerk and Vietnam War veteran was “suspended” from his job at Mac’s Convenience Store in Rutland, Vermont, after using a gun on June 15 2014 to stop a knife-wielding man from robbing the business.

According to the Rutland Herald, clerk Don Pitaniello was getting ready “to close up” the business at about 9:30 p.m. “when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered the store and threatened him with a roughly 5-inch blade.”

Pitaniello said he has carried a gun “all his life,” so he was ready when the robber entered. He said the man in the hoodie showed the knife, asked him to “empty the register,” then began waving the knife in his face. Pitaniello responded by drawing his .380 handgun and “pointing it at the [robber's] face.” He told robber to “get the (expletive) out of” the store and the robber complied.

Pitaniello has since been suspended and says he may lose his job but “[he] doesn’t care.” He said: “I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.” 

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  • 4 User comments to “Store Clerk ‘Suspended’ From Job After Using Gun to Halt Robbery”

    1. His first mistake was to not shoot the guy dead. Now he can rob and maybe kill others and won’t make the same mistake next time. The guy’s second mistake would be to not sue the store for infringing on his 2nd amendment rights of self defense. You make one mistake, don’t make two.

    2. brian winters on June 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM said:

      The employee knew the rules when he was hired. The store owners is a scum if he does it but he is within his rights to do it. I worked at a car dealership with an extremely antigun owner. I came on my day off to pickup my check and had an unloaded cased firearm in my suv. I parked in a store next to the dealership because of his attitude. the owner said if I had come onto the lot even on my day off he would have fired me. I checked with a lawyer and he said the owner would have been within his rights under nj law.

    3. Bob Shell on June 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM said:

      This is another indication that we are going to hell in a hand basket. When someone can’t defend themselves against a bad guy that is a problem. Who is to say the robber would not have killed him afterwards to eliminate a witness. happens all of the time. Good for the clerk & I would tell the owner to shove the job up his ass.

    4. The clerk did the right thing, if the robber did turn and run away, the clerk could be in for a big legal mess if he discharged the firearm and or killed the robber.

      No doubt the clerk was very experienced with his lawfully owned firearm and understands the laws of his community and state.

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