"I recently had a new location added onto my route, downtown behind a bunch of seedy motels," says Dana. "I went down for my first check, armed only with a phone and a flashlight, and found a man standing in the alley with a pickax. The moment I rounded the corner, he holds the pickax up in the air like a sword and tells me not to come any closer."
You're not getting paid enough to risk becoming the first victim of the "Minecraft Killer."
If you're expecting to hear about an enthralling flashlight vs. pickax battle here, well, her employer would have frowned on that. So she called the cops and got the hell out of there. As for exactly how much force she can use, it all depends on the employer. Dana actually works two jobs for two different companies (security work isn't exactly "hump on a bed of hundos" lucrative):
"One is super hands-off. I'm not allowed to touch anyone unless they touch me first. I'm not allowed a weapon. I don't get a walkie-talkie. I even had to provide my own flashlight, and even then, it has to be below a certain size or it's considered a 'weapon.' So I'm approaching people in an abandoned area of town at 3 a.m. with the expectation that I can get them to fuck off using simply my words and charming smile."
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That only works in countries where nobody has weapons.