Gas Station Hires Guards With AR-15s Amidst Soaring Crime

Owner hires ex-cops, highly trained state agents, as show of force to ward off crime
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At a glance

  • A gas station owner in Philadelphia has hired security with AR-15s and Kevlar bulletproof vests to combat rising crime.
  • Gas station owner Neil Patel said he took drastic measures after experiencing the worst spate of crime at his establishment in decades – which included a gang ripping out and carting away his ATM.
  • “We are tired of this nonsense – robbery, drug trafficking” and gangs “hanging around,” Patel said.

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