Why carry in a funeral home?

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    Why carry in a funeral home?

    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.
    There's nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive

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    Stay armed in a funeral home...it would be a fortunate resting place for a dirtbag trying to steal anything...you could make his arrival a permanent and finalized adventure.
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    You aren't safe from criminals anywhere that I'm aware of.

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    People looking for easy cash will strike anywhere. A lot of times they are on the downswing of some addiction around here anyways.

    That physical need to get the next fix really makes people do stupid things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Stay armed in a funeral home...it would be a fortunate resting place for a dirtbag trying to steal anything...you could make his arrival a permanent and finalized adventure.
    As tempted as I would be to go ahead and do my duties on the scumbag, I think I would let him/her rot for a while first.
    There's nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive

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    Cash? What if the dirt bag knew the deceased was a mule?
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    No ballistics tests please............

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    Look at all the shooting that have been in church.
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    I can think of reasons other than theft to carry in a funeral home as well. Folks aren't always thinking clearly during those times.
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    Sure it wasnt a ghost?


    Sorry to be off topic but.. you got any paranormal activity?

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    People looking for a quick robbery will try just about any place. Basically, they are not thinking right due to drug addiction, such as Meth or Crack. A Funeral Home to rob is no different than a Pizza place (been two of those robbed in my town recently) or Convenient Stores, Churches, or even private residences.

    It all boils down to the opportunity of a place to rob and criminals really do not care just as long as they get something to feed that drug or alcohol habit. There are no "safe" places anymore.
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    Can I ask the OP what happens to gold crowns? Surely they are not left in the remains? Just curious, with the price of gold and all the recycling activitiy going on.

    Maybe they thought you had a stash of them?

    To the original point, why not?

    ps. I ask this because I happen to be off to the pawn shop today with an old gold crown, long story there.

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    Anytime, anyplace.

    Money, jewelry, gold, flowers, etc.

    Extremely emotional people.

    Gang activity, turf war, retribution.

    I'd look into modification or a different smock to wear.
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    Why? Zombies!


    That's one job on my list of jobs not to have, along with Porta-Pottie service tech!
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    Might I suggest a "Smartcarry" type holster. I would much rather have my primary SD tool on my person; because sometimes 6' away may as well be 6' under!
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