30. A Daytime Robbery
Rod was a manager at House Depot. He
about 50 hours a week. He loved his
, although the extra hours cut into the time
could spend with his three little girls. One
he was supposed to go home at 7
.m. Instead, he stayed on to help out for
more hours. He was just about to leave
10 a.m. when he heard something.
the checkout counters, he saw a man dressed
white painter’s coveralls pointing a gun at the
checker. He had on a yellow cap, a
plastic painter’s mask, and white gloves.
. Times in Los Angeles had changed. All managers
received training on how to respond to armed
and hostage-taking. Rod was nervous, but he knew
he was supposed to do. He approached the
“Sir, please don’t point that gun. We will
you all the money you—”
The gunman didn’t
wait for Rod to finish his sentence. He
Rod in the stomach. The checker screamed. The
ran out to a white van and hopped
. The van sped off.
Rod didn't even make
to surgery. The killing made all the TV
shows. House Depot offered a $100,000 reward.