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Some St. Louis city workers bringing guns to work; coworkers fear for safety

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis city employees say their co-workers are coming to work with loaded guns. The problem has gotten so bad some employees contacted News 4 concerned for their safety.

 

“Some mornings I don’t even feel like coming to work but I gotta go ‘cause I gotta support my family,” said Raymond Clark.

Clark has worked for the city’s refuse division for six years.

He says some of his fellow co-workers bring loaded guns to work despite signs and warnings that clearly say weapons are not allowed.

“They got these signs posted around every city building there is,” he said. Clark also says it doesn’t work, and employees continue to flaunt their weapons.

“Showing guns, leaving them in their trucks and all.”

He says he’s gone to his supervisor about it but it continues to be a problem.

Clark isn’t the only one. Two other employees agreed to meet with News 4 on their lunch break out of concern for their safety.

“Ya know how things are going these days- people getting shot in theatres, could happen on the job,” said LaMonte Ruson. “Just not safe working environment when people are being caught with weapons and nothings being done to them for it.”

But City Streets Director Todd Waelterman says this is the first he’s hearing about it.

“These employees that are being accused of carrying a weapon, you know they’re innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “But we follow through and if they did something that harsh we terminate them.”

Waelterman tells me he’s dealt with employees bringing guns to work at least six times in the last 20 years.

He plans to follow up on these accusations immediately.

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