30. A Daytime Robbery

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Rod was a manager at House Depot. He about 50 hours a week. He loved his , although the extra hours cut into the time could spend with his three little girls. One he was supposed to go home at 7 .m. Instead, he stayed on to help out for more hours. He was just about to leave 10 a.m. when he heard something.

At one the checkout counters, he saw a man dressed white painter’s coveralls pointing a gun at the checker. He had on a yellow cap, a plastic painter’s mask, and white gloves.

Rod hurried . Times in Los Angeles had changed. All managers received training on how to respond to armed and hostage-taking. Rod was nervous, but he knew he was supposed to do. He approached the .

“Sir, please don’t point that gun. We will you all the money you—”

The gunman didn’t wait for Rod to finish his sentence. He Rod in the stomach. The checker screamed. The ran out to a white van and hopped . The van sped off.

Rod didn't even make to surgery. The killing made all the TV shows. House Depot offered a $100,000 reward.