Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Employees of Wichita-area Dollar General stores say they do not feel safe at work and they think the company can do more to improve security and safety at its stores. The company says it is listening to suggestions from employees.
"It's every day wondering if you're going to go home to your family," said a Wichita Dollar General employee, who asked not to be identified.
The employee said he was speaking to KAKE News on behalf of several employees who say they do not feel safe at work anymore and want the company to improve security and lighting at stores around the Wichita metro area.
"Dollar General's parking lots are dark," the employee said. "There's just lights on the outside of the building. Nothing in the parking lot whatsoever."
Employees of Wichita stores feel like robberies at the company's stores are on the rise.
Wichita Police say they are investigating four robberies at Dollar General stores since the beginning of 2013. Those robberies were: Jan. 2 at 1918 E. 13th, Jan. 13 at 1624 E. Central, Jan. 27 at 2747 E. Boulevard Plaza and Feb. 10 at 2020 E. 21st.
Police do not believe the robberies are connected and they are not calling the recent robberies an increase.
Employees do not feel like their suggestions for better safety are being considered.
"There's a tip line that we can submit ideas to corporate on what can make it a safer work environment for us and they don't do anything about it," the employee said.
A Dollar General spokesman said the company is listening to its employees' suggestions.
"Providing a safe working environment for our employees and a safe place to shop for our customers is a top priority," company spokesman Dan MacDonald told KAKE News via telephone.
The Wichita employee said he likes his job, but he wants to feel safe at work.
"It's a job, yes," he said. "But you shouldn't have to fear for your life at your own job."
That employee said he was the victim of a store robbery. He described it as a horrifying experience that he does not want anybody else to ever have to go through.