Foodland Shooting Being Used as Safety Reminder for Employees

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Store managers are using the Kanawha City Foodland shooting as a reminder to keep people safe.

Debbie Napier never used to consider her job as a clerk dangerous, but seeing the news Thursday night of a Foodland employee being shot in the chest during a robbery leaves her and her co-workers aware of the potential for things to turn violent quickly.

"I work a lot of night shifts so that worries you," Napier, who works at the Westmoreland Foodland, said.

Jason Nichols is the office manager at the Westmoreland Foodland.

He says their approach is to take every step they can to prevent robberies before they happen.

"We watch the parking lot, watch who comes in, watch our security system and stuff," Nichols said.

Employees are trained if they do find themselves being held up not to do anything to put their safety in further jeopardy.

"They stress here a lot of it does happen, don't try to be a hero,” Nichols said. “Let them do what they're going to do and let them leave."

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