American Culture

Philly Gas Station Forced to Hire Armed Guards

Ground to Perfection...

The Grind:

The owner of a gas station in North Philadelphia got so fed up with the prevalence of violent crime in the city that he hired heavily armed security guards to protect his customers and store.

Neil Patel told Fox News that he hired Pennsylvania S.I.T.E. state agents to patrol the site and protect customers after his store was repeatedly ransacked. “We are tired of this nonsense,” he says. “Robbery, drug trafficking, hanging around, gangs. They are forcing us to hire the security, high-level security, state level.”

The Details:

Following the theft of his ATM by a group of vandals, as well has the repeated vandalism of his car, Patel finally felt the need to hire security. “We wear Kevlar, we are trained, my guards go to training every other week, they’re proficient with [their guns] and with their taser, they know the law,” said Chief Andre Boyer.

“We’re Pennsylvania State Agents and we’re not security,” he explained. “Basically, what we do is security details when the public calls upon us when the police can’t be there.” According to ABC7 News, crime in Philadelphia has risen quite significantly in the last few years, with firearm robberies at gas stations in particular having tripled. Read more…

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