People are afraid of them, right? No one walks into a funeral home wanting to start trouble, right? There's no abundance of cash laying around like you would find in a convenience store or a bank, right? Only zombies are in there, right?
Ill preface this by saying that our building is a two-story structure with the embalming/prep room on the second floor near the elevator mechanical room. The elevator makes quite a bit of noise when being operated. If i am in the process or prepping a persons remains, the noise is my que that a family is coming up (if I am expecting them to come in). At this point, I normally turn down my music and continue the procedure.
The tricky part about self defense here is my attire and weapon placement. I typically wear a full length smock that velcros around the neck and ties around the left side. Strong side is completely wrapped and unaccessable without lifting the smock up from my ankles. Latex gloves make this task more difficult. Placing the weapon somewhere nearby is the logical solution. The shelf or countertop is the best place for me.
Here is what happened.
I was called into work to prep a body yesterday afternoon, and was told that the deceased's family was to be in at 2:00 PM. I was nearing the end of my operation and heard the elevator moving up the shaft at 1:45 PM. Family is early. No big deal. Music wasn't loud so I didn't turn it down. 1 or 2 minutes later, the elevator moves again. Maybe a family member came late and was being escorted up to meet the others. Happens all the time. No big deal. Music down this time just in case. Operation continues. 2 minutes later, I get a call over the intercom asking if I had seen a lady walking around upstairs. My reply, "No, is she still here?" Bossman, "She came in looking for money through the side door. I guess it was unlocked." My reply, "Did you see her leave the building?" His reply, "Yes, she is gone."
Smith and Wesson 360 with XTP 158 grain 357 Maggie Numbs beside the radio not 6 feet from me at that point. Two rooms and one door separate the prep room from the room she would have entered just before approaching my area. After throwing the scalpel or whatever object is in my hand, even if it IS a hand, i would reach for the weapon and do what needed to be done.
Even where no one wants to be an event could happen.