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After Rash of Robberies, Gas Station Fights Back With Discount to Cops — and Customers Carrying One Particular Kind of Permit

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"... these guys are coming in with guns and knives and threatening our employees. It’s pretty disconcerting."

After his Shell gas station was robbed twice in the last three months — once by a pair of armed men — the owner of the establishment in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, decided to fight back by trying to draw customers who might help fend off would-be crooks in evening hours.

Owner Frank Schwagel posted a sign on the store's front door last week that offers 10 cents off per gallon of gas to "law enforcement or people with proof of permit to carry." The offer starts after 7 p.m. each day.

"Just trying to bring it to people’s attention that there’s been some robberies going on around town," Schwagel told WJON-TV. "And these guys are coming in with guns and knives and threatening our employees. It’s pretty disconcerting. I just figured anything I can do to draw attention to the problem."

Schwagel added that he's had to "spend a lot of extra money on security to try to keep an eye on the store during all hours of the day. I’m also paying people to keep an eye on the store independently. We’re just hoping these guys get caught."

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

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