Woman Fired From Circle K For Shooting Armed Robber

Jennifer Wertz is a mother of three young children.  She works at a Circle K gas station in order to support her family.  And when a man came in and threatened her life, and by extension the lives of her three children, she did what any sensible woman would have done…she shot him in the chest.

Wertz had gotten her gun exactly for this reason, being a woman working at a gas station during the night is not exactly the safest occupation and she didn’t feel like her employer was doing enough to ensure her safety.

“Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks. They have done nothing to protect me. And I felt the need to protect myself.”

That need became a reality when 23 year old Ferron Mendez and his accomplice came in armed with a gun and wearing masks.  When Mendez point his gun at Wertz, that is when she acted by pulling her gun and shooting him in the stomach.

Mendez fell to the ground, got up and staggered away, being found by police a nearby parking lot.  Apparently honor among thieves is a foreign concept to his accomplice who fled the minute Wertz opened fire, leaving Mendez behind.

Unfortunately Mendez is expected to survive.  Here’s a photo of him from the hospital:

The detective investigating the crime wrote the following in his report:

“She told me she thought she would be shot and killed and never see her kids again. Because she was in immediate fear of losing her life she pulled out her 9 mm Ruger handgun, ran the slide to chamber a round, she then pulled the trigger one time discharging the firearm.”

Mendez faces the following charges: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempt to commit armed robbery, conspiracy and other crimes.

Obviously Wertz is not facing any charges for her actions.

One would think that this story wrapped up nicely and had a happy ending as the mother of three can go home to her children while the bad guy is in the hospital before going to jail.


Circle K, it all it’s BS glory decided to FIRE Jennifer Wertz for not allowing herself to be raped and murdered.

Wertz summed up the Circle K policy thus:

 ‘We are not to chase. We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything we just stand there and give them what they want and they leave.’

That sounds eerily similar to gun control groups telling rape victims that they should just lay back and take it because that’s better than shooting a rapist.  No seriously, that is the Brady Campaigns actual stance as evidenced by this facebook screenshot I grabbed before they took it down:

So apparently Circle K agrees that women deserved to be raped so long as the criminals are allowed to do it safely.

This is the kind of ass backwards logic that keeps predators walking upright to prey on the unarmed.

Well, Jennifer Wertz was NOT going to be a victim.

‘What if he would have come in and just shot me just because I wasn’t behind the counter? 

‘I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck.’ 

This is a photo of Jennifer Wertz NOT in the hospital because she exercised her right to keep and bear arms:

And Circle K fired her.

While that is unfortunate, the good people around the country have chipped in after Wertz’s mom started a gofundme page to help fight against this injustice.  Seeking only $20,000 to help Wertz and her children get by until she found work again, at the time of this articles publication the page has raised $73,000.

If you want to take a look at the page feel free to go here: https://www.gofundme.com/gas-station-robbed-mom-of-3-fired

So maybe this story has a happy ending after all.  But I will still avoid the Circle K and their protocol for ensuring criminal safety in the future.  I suggest you do the same.

If you want to express your displeasure with Circle K feel free to follow this link to their corporate contact page and let them know that you do not appreciate their policy encouraging the rape and murder of their female employees: Circle K Contact Form



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