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Nov 5, 2013 10:20 PM

Employee Fired After Robbery

How would you react during a robbery?

A Lexington woman is now without a job because she didn't follow protocol during a robbery at a gas station where she was a clerk.

"I don't think anybody knows what you are going to do until it happens to you," said the former clerk.

Betty Green never thought it would happen to her, that is until Saturday night.

"I was in shock. I just said no, not me."

It all started around 8 p.m. when a man walked into the Speedway off of Tates Creek and bought some beer, then handed Betty a note.

"I started reading it, and it said 'I don't want anyone to get hurt, take your money in the drawer, put it in a bag and give it to me'," she said.

He lifted up his shirt to show a gun and without even thinking Betty...

"looked at him and I said "no," and he grinned at me, and picked up his purchases and left," she said.

Then Betty called 911 and was suspended.

"What is it they want you to do?" Give them the money - that was the big thing I didn't do."

She didn't follow the businesses rules of handing over the cash and pressing the panic button. She was caught off guard.

"It might have gone entirely differently had we had some warning," she said.

Betty says she wasn't told about the two other Speedway robberies earlier that day. And was shocked to find out a Lexington boxer is a person of interest for all three crimes.

Shawn Kirk was arrested for forcing his way into an apartment on Dalton Court Sunday night. Other gas station employees say he looks like their suspect, too.

Now Betty hopes she gets justice.

"Right and wrong are important, and what he did was wrong. My outcome was right. No one was hurt and I was able to diffuse the situation from getting worse," she said.

When reached out for comment, Speedway Corporate said they could not comment on employee matters.

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