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Armed robber prompts manager to carry a .38

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Maryland Fried Chicken Manager Lacy Pendleton Maryland Fried Chicken Manager Lacy Pendleton
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The next time a crook tries to rob one Albany fast food restaurant, he could find himself staring down the barrel of a gun. After an armed man tried to rob the restaurant Saturday night, one worker decided to buy a gun to protect herself and her co-workers. 

They say a .38 revolver is the best for self defense. That's what Maryland Fried Chicken Manager Lacy Pendleton is now packing, after an attempted robbery at the store Saturday night.

"It was pretty scary. Everything goes through your head of what could have happened," said Pendleton.

Surveillance video shows a man trying to get inside as the store was closing. He then goes to the drive thru-window with a gun, demands money, and runs off.

Pendleton says she wishes she had her gun during the situation. "I do. I don't know how I would have reacted if I did, but I just wish I had," said Pendleton.  

Police say the man was black, between 5'8 and 5'10, wearing a dark jacket with fur around the hood, khakis, and a red shirt.

Pendleton says she and other managers decided this was the best way to protect themselves and their employees. "They know it's for their protection also. Since I don't want anything to happen to any of our people that work here," said Pendleton.  

Pendleton says she became a registered gun owner Monday, so she can carry her weapon at all times. If the need arises, she will shoot. "If my life is in danger, I will."  

And while the attempted robber hasn't been caught, Pendleton says she's not afraid that person knows about the gun.     "It really doesn't. I hope whoever tried to rob us sees it and knows were ready for him if he comes back," said Pendleton.  

Pendleton says the restaurant were placed in a vulnerable situation. And because of that, other guns are placed around the restaurant just in case.   Another manager at the restaurant plans to carry a stun gun for is protection.

Call Albany Police if you have any information on the attempted robbery.

 

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