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EDITORIAL – Protecting store clerks from robbers is a two-way street

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

BUSINESSMAN DENIS WALSH — as opposed to Coun. Denis Walsh — hasn’t had a good couple of weeks.

First, his Movie Mart store was robbed. Then it was robbed again. Then WorksafeBC inspected it — and nailed Walsh with eight violations.

One of WorksafeBC’s responsibilities is keeping employees safe from robberies and such, and there are a host of rules around that. When there was a rash of violence against graveyard-shift gas-station employees a few years ago, for example, WorksafeBC moved in with new measures such as protective barriers and a requirement for multiple workers on overnight shifts.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (6550 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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