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Hy-Vee to place its own armed militia in stores to root out shoplifters, crooks and miscreants



This news story was published on December 29, 2021.
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Image from Hy-Vee video of security (militia) they plan to deploy to their stores. Appears heavily armed with various crime-fighting tools, possibly including a firearm, taser, camera, and more.

WEST DES MOINES — As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of both its customers and employees, Hy-Vee is introducing its new Hy-Vee Retail Security team to retail stores across its eight-state region.

Hy-Vee Retail Security officers will be present in Hy-Vee stores during operating hours. These officers, many of whom come from a law enforcement background, are specially trained to defuse situations and equipped to protect the safety of both Hy-Vee customers and employees. The officers have been through training designed by Hy-Vee retail security leaders alongside law enforcement partners.

Hy-Vee grocery store

“Hy-Vee has a strong history of doing anything for our customers, and these officers will be held to that same standard,” said Jeremy Gosch, Hy-Vee’s president and chief operating officer. “These officers will help provide another layer of safety and security for our customers, and will work alongside our store employees to deliver the same helpful smiles and outstanding service everyone expects at their local store.”

Officers are in several stores now, and more officers are completing the Hy-Vee Retail Security Training program so they can begin serving in other Hy-Vee stores across the company’s eight-state region in the near future. Hy-Vee is actively recruiting for officers to join the new Hy-Vee Retail Security team. Interested applicants can connect with the Retail Security team at RetailSecurity@hy-vee.com.

According to video released on social media, the “security officers” appear to be armed possibly with guns, tasers, cameras and other crime-fighting equipment.  When would they shoot?  No one knows for sure, except Hy-Vee, possibly.

This well-armed militia may have saved our local Mason City police some hassle in past incidents where various alleged lawbreakers took advantage of the friendly “helpful smile in every aisle” and attempted to help themselves to free merchandise, including:

A woman who tried to steal chocolate egg nog and a mixer from Hy-Vee

A woman allegedly threw a drunken fit at Hy-Vee

Klemme kleptos caught by cops stealing at Hy-Vee

Quick change scam artist hits Hy-Vee

Right or wrong? Local man has blunt message for police with profanity-laced jacket at Hy-Vee

Two Charles City women arrested after booze theft at grocery store

Many more stories

Hy-Vee, Inc., is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $12 billion annually; they also hold ultra-conservative gatherings on their corporate grounds in West Des Moines.

 

 

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22 Responses to Hy-Vee to place its own armed militia in stores to root out shoplifters, crooks and miscreants

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Hy Vee ‘s new jingle:
    Give HOOT don’t LOOT and if you do we will give you the BOOT !!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Have any of you left wing weirdos seen the LOOTING all across your SOCIALIST cities !!! NOTHING DUMBER than an Iowa democrat !!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    EXACTLY!!
    STUPID LIBERALS

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    PROPLE LIBERAL PEOPLE ARE STUPID !!
    Lawsuit what the HELL are you talking about !!!
    If some one is STEALING they will be detained. If they fight the detention they will be charged with an escalating charge which will trigger a felony and prison sentence.
    HY VEE IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING.
    They just shouldn’t have to do it .

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Shop Hy-Vee support the cause !!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 1, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      Be sure to wear your brown shirts.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        You wouldn’t know a Nazi if he stepped on your mushy head.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Geez I’m gonna shop there more now

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Helpful smile in EVERY ISLE. !!!
    DON’T LOOT
    GIVE A HOOT !!

  8. Slaw Dawg Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Just part of the high end prices experience

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Russia does this too…

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    this is a law suit in the making.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2021 at 11:13 am

    This is a good move. People are much more aggressive and ugly now, and regular employees just can’t or won’t deal with it, contributing to staffing problems. Other customers will feel safer shopping there now. The organized gangs of shoplifters in other cities that swarm stores and steal them blind will inevitably show up here, if they haven’t already.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Not a bad move really. Now if they can just straighten out that Hy-Vee East store. The place is just a mess! Stocking during the daytime, somewhat rude Hy-Vee personal shoppers cutting regular shoppers off in the aisles. Empty shelves. Sometimes the place looks like its been just looted!
    We’ve shifted most of our shopping to Fareway for a much better shopping experience.

    • Asbury Farm Democrat Reply Report comment

      January 1, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      >Fareway

      Tell me you’re poor white trash without telling me you’re poor white trash. Enjoy shopping when homeless people and drug addicts are pooping on the floor.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 5, 2022 at 5:30 pm

        Asbury Farm Democrat,
        So you run down Fareway’s clientele, but Hy-Vee is the store that has to have armed Security. Yeah right….

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Unfortunately, there’s a certain element in society that has become embolden to steal, with no consequences because our government believes it’s ok to riot, burn and loot in the name of protest. Good for HyVee for wanting to protect what’s theirs, knowing that our government isn’t going to help.

  14. MR. SCHICKEL Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Every store needs security officers. The country is under a invasion of millions of illegal aliens. The illegals are spreading the CHINA virus and committing crimes.