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While it’s nice that so many people nationwide have chosen to help a baking company in Ferguson rebuild at Merello Gas station the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” :
the streets of Ferguson have been in an uproar of rioting and looting. Businesses in a 2 square mile area outside of Ferguson have had to close and take measures to protect their property.
The white-owned Conoco gas station has remained open, though, because a group of male black Ferguson residents are keeping guard.
What? While black owned business’ are being torched this white owned gas station is being guarded?
Derrick Johnson, a 6-foot-8 man, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the station’s convenience store entrance. Three other men joined Johnson, each armed with pistols.
I would have gone with a shotgun would be more intimidating but given the number of people in a crowd they might not have wanted to risk hitting the wrong people.
But regardless of the weapon why would these men do this:
The men said they are protecting the store out of respect for the white owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years, reports Inquisitr.
“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said one of the men who identified himself as R.J.
The most amazing thing? These guys are doing this on their own
The men are not being paid by Merello, nor were any of the others that joined them on-and-off since the rioting began.
“We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said Merello.
There are many lessons here worth noting
1. Looters & rioters are generally cowards:
For all their bravado concerning race, given the choice of torching an unprotected black owned business & risking their skin torching a white owned business our brave looters & rioters will choose the unprotected black owned business every time.
2. Treating your customers and employees right isn’t just the right thing, it’s the smart thing:
While this piece doesn’t say if any of the guards were currently working for Merello a reuters piece gives more detail:
Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.
REPAYING A DEBT
At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.
This isn’t just a case of people protecting their current jobs, they considered a debt of gratitude. If he was a dishonorable man he would be making an insurance claim right now.
3. Friendship trumps ideology:
There is nothing in either of these pieces indicated what either the owner or the guards think about either Michael Brown or Darren Wilson. They might think the decision was a travesty of justice, they might think Brown was a thug or Wilson is a murderer (or both as they are not mutually exclusive) but none of that mattered, their friend was in trouble and the politics of the issue had no bearing.
4. The 2nd amendment works wonders:
If this was Washington DC or Chicago this gas station and store would be a pile of ashes because these men would not have been armed and if our friends on the left had their way they would be.
Perhaps rather than deploying the national guard local businesses should have hired a few people with a shotgun or two.
Expect this story to get very little play in the MSM, as it attacks one of their cherished memes
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