Beth Green of Lexington, Ky. thought she was standing up for her principles when she refused to meet the demands of a robber. However, her employer fired her for her well-intentioned actions.
Green was working as a cashier at the Speedway gas station on Saturday night when she was approached by a man who bought some beer from her, and then tried to rob her.
After purchasing the alcohol, the man handed Green a note that read, "I don't want anyone to get hurt, take your money in the drawer, put it in a bag and give it to me.”
After she read the note, the robber lifted his shirt to reveal a gun.
Not about to give in, Betty, "looked at him and I said "no," she told local channel Lex18.
Said Betty, “I was in shock. I just said no, not me.”
She also said, "I don't think anybody knows what you are going to do until it happens to you."
The unsuccessful robber took Betty’s refusal in stride, smiling at her before taking his beer and walking out the door. Betty called 911 after he left.
Betty’s actions went against the store policy, so they fired her. Speedway instructs all employees to fork over any money that a robber requests, and then to push the “panic button” to alert the authorities.
Remarked Betty, "What is it they want you to do? Give them the money - that was the big thing I didn't do."
What Betty did not know at the time was that two other Speedways in the area had already been robbed that day, and the suspect was still on the loose.
"It might have gone entirely differently had we had some warning," she said.
The suspect of all three robberies is a local boxer named Shawn Kirk. Kirk has been in police custody since Sunday night, when he was arrested for breaking into an apartment.