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Nouria Energy Responds to Firing of Clerk with Gun

"We believe the best way to keep our employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace." -Nouria Energy

Nouria Energy is headquartered in Worcester, Mass.
Nouria Energy is headquartered in Worcester, Mass.

The following statement was issued Oct. 16 by T.J. Winick, Vice President of Boston-based Solomon McCown & Company, on behalf of Nouria Energy Corporation in response to the firing of Shannon "Bear" Cothran:

"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.

Make no mistake: we care about the personal well-being of employees like Mr. Cothran, whose  years of service are truly appreciated--not about the money in the cash register. So, we are especially grateful that this situation was resolved without injury.

We do respect the constitutional right to bear arms. However, we believe the best way to keep our employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace. Our training and policies are aligned with what is customary in the retail/conveniences store industries and is consistent with advice offered by security and police organizations."

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Natalie J Killeen October 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM
To Nouria Energy: Even with the training you give your employees to just hand over the money, what is stopping the intruder from stabbing or shooting once they have the money in hand? You can't train for that.
Terry Nuewirth October 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Hooray for Mr. Cothran. When people like him start standing up to the criminals the criminals will think twice before committing crimes. Not everyone should be expected to do what Mr. Cothran did, but the company should appreciate his actions instead of punishing him. Not only did he save his own life, but he made that workplace safer for future employees.
Michael October 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
So Nouria Energy believes that the best way to keep their employees safe is to make them defenseless. Got it......... Idiots are in charge.
Mitch Davis October 19, 2013 at 03:22 AM
boycott them!!!
Greg Kane October 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Nashua-ShellNouria-Energy/167987356743492
David Swatloski October 20, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Shame on the decision maker on this. Saying you stand for second amendment rights and then firing a person for exercising them. I doubt you'd care for this former employee had he been injured and required care and support the rest of his life. Hiding behind alignment of you policies with the rest of you industry is just stupid... I'm sure you parents probably used the line, if you friend jumped off a cliff, I guess you would too. Ridiculous.....

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