Her Coffee Shop Has Been Robbed Three Times in a Month. Now She’s Fed Up and Wants Criminals to Know What’s Waiting for Them.

SPOKANE, Wash. (TheBlaze/AP) — The next robber who tries to hold up Jitterz Java in Spokane is likely to face an armed barista.


After three robberies in just one month, the owner says there will now always be a gun at the coffee stand.

Owner Sara Chapel told KXLY-TV some of her employees are already bringing their own guns to work.

On Sunday, a man aggressively tried to open a window and appeared to have a gun. The barista kept the window locked, grabbed her gun and called police. The man took off before police arrived.

“It is just a little aggravating, you know, people are just out for themselves these days,” Chapel told the news station. “It’s just sad to put other people in harms way to just get a few hundred dollars.”

At this point, she says she just wants her business to be left alone.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Watch KXLY-TV‘s video report here.