POSTED: 8:26 pm CDT May 8, 2008UPDATED: 8:48 pm CDT May 8, 2008
MERRIAM, Kan. — A gas station clerk is upset that he was fired after he was robbed.
The article goes on to say…
The store’s policy is to never have more than $50 in the open register. Bills larger than $20 are supposed to be immediately placed into another vault.
“I didn’t have the time to put the money in the bill acceptor,” Nick said.
The robber fled the store with $200, which is $150 more than the company rules allow to be in the till.
“So, basically, I got fired because a billion-dollar company loses $200,” Nick said.
Conoco Phillips won’t comment on the specifics, but it said safety is the No. 1 priority. A company representative said there are established guidelines that must be followed to ensure safe practices on the job.
To read the entire article, go to KMBC .
I was not at the store, nor have I seen the surveillance tape, but if the employee is giving an accurate accounting of what transpired, I think Conoco Phillips should add another priority to their list — A priority called common sense.
I understand the dangers of having a large amount of cash in the till. I wonder, however, if the Conoco Phillips personnel in charge of making rules, realizes how prices affect the ability (or lack thereof) to carry out the rules from olden days when a gallon of gas was a dollar and some change? Now, with gas prices as high as they are, each and every transaction involving gasoline could potentially put the till over $50. So is the rule an absolute to deposit as one goes (possibly with each transaction) or to deposit the funds in a safe fashion using common sense? Has the company made it possible to realistically and safely follow their rules or is that a non-issue from their perspective? One has to wonder when reading KMBC report.