Welcome to Philadelphia, land of gas station robberies and carjackings, to say nothing of organized retail theft. In short, Philly has devolved into a cesspool of violent crime to the point that one gas station owner has had enough. He’s hired heavily armed security guards to patrol his business while packing long guns.
When most normals see ostentatious levels of security, we usually ask ourselves if we’ve found ourself in an unsafe environment. But in Philadelphia, where rampant violent crime has increasingly become the norm, there are fewer and fewer safe spaces left.
The scene looks like something out of a third-world country. But for many Philadelphians, seeing a heavily-armed security guard patrolling a gas station might be a selling point over the station down the street without the deterrence of overtly armed security.
A North Philly owner says he’s had enough violent crime at his gas station so he’s hired these guys to protect his customers and store.
Does this make you feel safer? Or uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/ZOXvUxTvyW
— Jason Martinez (@JasonFox29) December 6, 2022
FoxNews has the story . . .
A gas station owner in Philadelphia recently hired security guards armed with AR-15s or shotguns and decked out in Kevlar to protect his establishment from the city’s rampant crime.
Neil Patel, who runs a Karco gas station at Broad and Clearfield streets in North Philadelphia, said he recruited Pennsylvania S.I.T.E. state agents to protect his employees and customers after his store had been repeatedly ransacked, according to local Fox affiliate Fox 29.
“They are forcing us to hire the security, high-level security, state level,” Patel told the outlet. “We are tired of this nonsense; robbery, drug trafficking, hanging around, gangs.
And then there’s the overall violent crime and rampant open-air drug abuse.
Looks like a lovely place.
Ordinary citizens and business owners are increasingly left to fend for themselves in a city where the criminal justice system has all but collapsed.
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.