That same day, I looked at the local VA paper online and read that the Stop-In Quick Stop had been robbed AGAIN!! This is the third time in two years which by local standards is an awful lot.
I don't want to seem callous or flippant but there's a huge difference in EBR Parish and Rockbridge County violence levels. .... On the same day that an EBR parish 10 year old brings a loaded handgun to school because some kids had threatened him the day before, a thief in Rockbridge County starts to make a purchase at the Quick Stop and then goes back out to the car for his weapon and returns demanding the money in the cash register.
In EBR parish, a weapon is only a weapon. Pretty much only good for hurting people unless you are a hunter in addition to being an angry 4th grader.
But in RC, weapons can be multi-purpose.
No.... that's not the worlds longest handgun or a really skinny rifle.... it's a sledge hammer!!
Yes, a sledgehammer.
Since there were no jewelry cases that needed be broken open quickly, is a sledgehammer the robbery weapon of choice in a largely agricultural county?
Seriously though, it's a depressing sign of the times and an indicator of too much constant violence here in Louisiana when a sledgehammer seems like a quaint hold-up instrument.