I have been agonizing over something for two days now. Today I feel
I must go to work and tell my employer I can’t be there anymore. I
am his bench jeweler. It’s Christmas time and it will be devastating
to him. I really don’t want to do it, but I am terrified of what is
happening in our beautiful little college town. There have been two
armed robberies of jewelry stores in the last couple of weeks. The
latest was Saturday during a big football game (Go Gators). It was a
store off the beaten path and at a time the local police are busy,
leading me to believe that it is local folks doing it. They have not
been apprehended. They (3 of them) came in wearing ski masks and
pointing semi-automatics. They made everyone lie face down on the
floor. No One saw the get away car, and they are still out there.
So this is what I have to do, and I feel horrible for doing it to
him at this time of year. I will offer to work for him out of my
home and get him thru the holidays. I know how important I am to
him, but my worth is far more to my husband, three children, and
three grandchildren. I can’t be replaced in that position.
What a terribly unstable position these three thugs have put all of
us in the jewelry business in here in our town.