Patrick Center December 9, 2013 | WGVU Jessica Heeringa has been missing since April. The 26-year old was working the late shift alone at a Norton Shores gas station when she was abducted. There were no surveillance camera’s onsite to record it and that’s making her recovery difficult for investigators.
Lamonte’s bill would require gas station and convenience store owners to have at least two employees man the 11:00 to 5:00 AM shift or, or install and maintain security cameras.
“We’re very concerned for her. We still hope she’s going to be found safe.”
Mark Griffin heads up Michigan’s Petroleum Association and Michigan Association of Convenience Stores.It takes the responsibility to protect its employees and customers seriously.
“Our concern about legislation like this where the government starts to mandate that we have to have a certain number of employees or we have to adopt a certain type of security strategy may tie a business’s hands and their ability to try to do something that’s more appropriate for that individual location.”
Griffin explains there are about 4,800 gas stations and convenience stores in the state. Half of those are members of his association and most have security cameras. For those without, Griffin says it’s a seven to $10,000 proposition.
He welcomes a discussion with Rep. Lamonte.She’s urging colleagues act now.
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