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NRA features Rutland man in film

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The National Rifle Association has a new poster child. He's a Rutland man who was lost his employment as a former Mac's convenience store clerk after pulling a gun on a robber.

A lot has happened since Don Pitaniello lost his job at Mac's market in Rutland, after pulling a gun on this masked robber last month while he was working the night shift.

 "They approached me," said Don Pitaniello, former Mac's employee.

The National Rifle Association tapped Pitaniello to promote their mission supporting second amendment rights. They came to Rutland to film a just under 8 minute video and tell Pitaniello's story as well as feature his new place of employment.

"I feel safer having him here. I know the customers do," said Chad Snyder of Rutland Country Store.

The Rutland Country Store tells us their business has gone up since they hired the Vietnam era vet within hours after he lost his employment at Mac's. Pitaniello says his previous employer did not make his safety a priority . But Mac's tells a different story.

"Mr. Pitaniello did not follow the company's policies. Our expectations and policies are aligned with what is customary in the retail convenience store industries," said Mary Miltiguy from Mac's Market. 

Pitaniello and others protested the convenience store chain Saturday calling for fairer treatment of employees.

"He wasn't treated respectfully, we understand that Don broke the rules and earned a reprimand or even to be let go," said Bob Hudson, whose protesting Mac's. 

Pitaniello says they were passing out flyers to create awareness and whether people decide to shop there is their choice.

"We'll leave that up to them. Today we want to make them aware of what's going on," said Pitaniello. 

Although the Rutland Country Store says Pitaniello is free to carry his personal firearm while at work, Mac's told us that although he was legally carrying the gun, firearms at work are against their policy.


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