‘This Guy Has a Gun and I’m about to Die:’ Fast-Food Chains are Facing a Looming Active-Shooter Problem

As the death toll of American mass shootings rises, fast-food workers and executives are grappling with how to deal with threats of violence on the job.

In the last month alone, three deadly shootings have taken place in or near major chains across the US: Whataburger in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Steak ‘n Shake in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Wendy’s in Kansas City, Missouri. Chains including Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Popeyes, and Burger King have all been the site of shootings that have sent victims to the hospital in recent weeks.

This week, the biggest names in fast food are gathering in Nashville, Tennessee, for the annual Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA) Conference. Active shooters are a major topic of discussion this year.

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Waffle House executives were set to speak about the mass shooting at a Nashville location that killed four people in 2018, according to the conference’s website. (According to Waffle House director of PR Pat Warner, he and vice president of risk John Fervier did not ultimately end up speaking at the conference.) Papa John’s director of security… Business Insider

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