“Off-duty police officers and security guards are common sights at many QuikTrips, but soon the company hopes to hire ‘hybrid employees’ who can work at the convenience store while armed to deter crime and help customers feel safe.” In an era of corporate gun control, when airlines, car rental companies, banks, insurance companies, and hotels have let it be known that they want nothing to do with guns or those who carry them, QT is looking to add employees who not only stock shelves and ring up sales, but who also pack firearms in case the worst happens.
It’s almost as if they’ve recognized that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with one.
“We have a lot of stores…where we have had and still will have off-duty police officers helping out, and a lot have full-time outside security,” (said QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh). “I wish we didn’t have to, but that’s the world we live in.”
The hybrid employee program would not replace the need for those officers, Thornbrugh said, but is the “next step” for the company that takes safety seriously. He noted that every QuikTrip has 24-hour monitoring, as well as the latest and best surveillance equipment.
The company’s rolling out the new program in some of their Kansas stores and they’re looking for a certain type of individual for the jobs.
QuikTrip began advertising early this month for the new position, which pays about $35 an hour but requires a specific kind of job candidate. Thornbrugh said it was a challenge recruiting in Wichita for the job.
“We can find people with the qualifications and credentials (at the law enforcement-level), but they also have to buy into the QuikTrip culture and beliefs,” Thornbrugh said.
He said few people with weapons certifications and law enforcement training may be interested in doing the daily work of a convenience store, but “there’s the right person for this job, and we’re patient.” When asked about a timeframe for hiring the first hybrid employees, Thornbrugh said there was nothing set in stone, but it would be “sooner rather than later.”