The past year, we’ve seen more of than our fair share of high-profile stories involving fatal violence in places where people work. The San Bernardino massacre at a non-profit organization in which 14 people were killed and many more injured is just the latest.
For some people, every day at work holds the potential for being harmed or worse because they have access to money or other items that thieves may use violence, or threats of violence, to take. Obviously, security guards face these dangers. However, so do bank tellers and retail store employees, among others. Even if they escape a robbery unharmed physically, the emotional scars can be long-lasting.
In the early morning of Dec. 8, some local Starbucks employees encountered a gunman when they arrived at work at approximately 6 a.m. at the Brookhaven store on Druid Hills Road. According to police, the man forced his way into the store with the employees.
Photos from the surveillance video in the Starbucks show the armed man, dressed all in black and wearing a hoodie that obscures his face in the pictures, holding a gun and leading one employee at gunpoint behind the counter. Other photos show two employees emptying a cash drawer. Brookhaven police are still asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.
There were no reports that any of the Starbucks employees were physically injured. In many cases, robbers just want money or goods and have no intention of injuring anyone.
However, even if an employee does not suffer physical injuries, the stress of having a gun pointed at you or otherwise having your life threatened can require some time and professional care to address. If you or a loved one has suffered from this type of incident in the workplace, it’s important to find out what compensation and/or other services your employer will provide to help get through the aftermath.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Armed robbery suspect led Starbucks employee to cash drawer,” Alexis Stevens, Dec. 08, 2015