So I stopped by to buy a Coke and see if I could get more information.
First thing I noticed was the door closed. Now, they open the door of the shop based on your looks.
Now listen to this:
I asked her how they were doing since the robbery.
She said “which one?”
I told her the one on Friday.
She told me that yesterday morning they tried to rob them again!
One guy started banging on the door, another one tried opening the lateral door, when they found that the doors where closed and the girl retreated inside, they left.
As stupid as it sounds, keeping doors closed is a darn fine idea, I’m surprised to find out sometimes that people in USA don’t keep the doors locked at all times. This is 10 year old security, folks. It never happens until it happens to you.
She started telling me how scared she was and how her “patron” makes her work from 7 AM to 11 PM.
“Why so late?” she said “There’s no one on the streets that late”
I asked her if they get robbed a lot, she said yes. Looks like it’s a regular stop and rob, given that they have no security and that the owner figured its cheaper that way.
She told me that she needs the job a lot, but that she also has 3 kids and is worried she’ll get killed one day.
“The other day a man and a woman robbed us”
“The man took me to the back of the store, forced me to sit on the ground and pointed the gun at me”
“While the woman emptied the cash register she kept shouting “Shoot her! Shoot her!”
The other customer, and 70 something old lady also buying a coke, was listening our little conversation. She said “ I can believe we live this way”.
It’s hard for old folk in Argentina. They have meager fixed retirements and inflation is killing them. Adding to that, they are also favorite criminal targets because they are physically weak and since they are careful with money, they usually carry a bit of cash, mostly to give away if robbed so they don’t beat them to death.
I told her “I know, neither do I. But we have to adapt because this is our reality now”.