Death by Political Correctness

A would-be robber walked into a Shell service station convenience store in Nashua, New Hampshire, on October 14th.  He brandished a knife and demanded money, at which time the clerk pulled out a gun.  You’ve heard the old saying, “Never bring a knife to a gun fight.”  Apparently, the would-be robber had too, because he took off.

All’s well that ends well, right?

Not so fast.  The company that owns the convenience store fired the employee for having a gun.  The statement they issued to the press was: “At Nouria Energy, our employees are our most cherished assets.  Their safety and the safety of our customers is priority number one.  It is with that goal in mind that we do not allow firearms in the workplace.   We specifically train our employees on how to react during a robbery attempt to prevent the situation from escalating. Cashiers are instructed to give the intruder what they ask for in an attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully and as soon as possible..” -Nouria Energy*

You can’t make this stuff up.

Nouria Energy has announced to the world that their employees are unarmed and will be fired if they sneak a gun onto the premises.  Further, they have made it clear that their employees have been instructed to give robbers whatever they ask for.  They might as well have sent an engraved invitation to every crook in the northeast:  “Looking for a store to rob?  Try ours.  You won’t have to worry about getting shot and we’ll give you anything you want!”

I can just picture a couple of robbers talking about what store they’re going to rob.  One of them says, “We can’t rob that Shell station because they have a no weapons policy; we can’t take our guns and knives in there.”

Yeah, right.

Good thinking, Nouria Energy.  It’s good to know you’re on the ball.

Political correctness is going to be the death of us all, if we’re not careful.  It’s as if common sense has gone the way of the dinosaur.  As I see it, our country is going to go down in flames, but at least we can take solace in the fact that we didn’t offend anyone.

Solomon’s words seem more timely than ever:  “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.”  (Proverbs 1:32, NIV)

We need to wake up.

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3 Responses to Death by Political Correctness

  1. Rosan says:

    You are so spot on Mark. If you had to see and deal with the workplace scenarios, political correctness is so rampant, it’s going to be the death of any sort of morals, people and companies.

  2. Marg says:

    I am so tired of politically correct I choke on it. Good for that employee it saved their life. In this day and age Mark you are right that company is just asking for trouble and I am sure they will find it.

  3. Tim Ogle says:

    I don’t agree with the conclusion, “Looking for a store to rob? Try ours. You won’t have to worry about getting shot and we’ll give you anything you want!”

    I’m not anti-gun. However, I have been a small business owner. There are certain dangers that exist on both sides of this.

    For instance one scenario could be: There is a sign on the door that states “All clerks are armed.” Said robber storms in and shoots the clerk on duty, no questions and then proceeds to rob the place.

    (I understand that the scenario has holes in it, no more or less than the quoted statement.)

    Then you have a dead clerk. All due to a “publicized” statement or policy.

    I’m all for people being able to protect themselves. However, I am not sold on our over reactions to the current politically correct trends in our culture. We must be wise and innocent. Perhaps that takes more time seeking God’s answers to these times. It wouldn’t be time wasted.

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