• QuikTrip to hire armed security guards

    By: Justin Ayer

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    TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS:

    • QuikTrip spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh said the corporation wants to start hiring employees with law enforcement backgrounds to become armed security in some local stores.
    • The employees will work full-time making $35 an hour, and wear a QT security uniform. The security workers will be allowed to open carry.
    • Officials said they are in the process of reviewing applications now, but they do not know when the new employees will be in stores.
    • Thornbrugh said Tulsa has seen a rise in crimes at some QT locations. He said hiring these employees will help law enforcement, which has been overwhelmed. 
    • The corporation has tried the new security method at a location in Wichita and saw a decrease in thefts, loitering and panhandling. 

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