Family Dollar manager fed up after being robbed twice at gunpoint

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:52 PM

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY—A Family Dollar store assistant manager in North Shore says she’s fed up with being a crime victim while on the clock.

“This goes beyond fear because it’s not my first time being involved,” said Shawn Mayfield.

Mayfield was opening the store on Sunday at the intersection of Uvalde Road and Wallisville when a man with a gun demanded her purse and the store’s money bag.

“At that moment my life flashed,” recalled Mayfield. “I have one child. I didn’t know if I was going to see my child again. I could hear my mom, her voice in the back of my head, and this was going through my mind.”

Mayfield said she was held at gunpoint at another Family Dollar store a few months ago on Lyons Avenue and told us her corporate office did next to nothing.

“They gave us security one week,” she said. “To me, as a mother you know, that’s like patronizing. It’s like, 'Give them this and shut them up,'  you know? No.”

To make matters worse, Mayfield claims no one from corporate ever told her about the half dozen robberies since August at other nearby stores.

“Just the knowledge of knowing the six robberies in Baytown, could have given me the chance to make the decision that could have changed that Sunday for me,” Mayfield said.

Instead she lives in fear of being a victim again and said she’s not going back until her company adds some type of extra security.

KHOU 11 News made repeated attempts to contact Family Dollar’s corporate office in North Carolina. They didn’t return our calls for comment.

 

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