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Clerk safety plans requested

The City Council asked its attorneys Thursday to write an ordinance that would help protect convenience store clerks. Similar laws have been approved recently in other Florida communities, including Hillsborough County. "Robbery is increasing, there are more guns on the streets, actions of the drug dealers are unpredictable, crime is occurring outside the high-crime areas, and (convenience store) clerks are being shot for less than $50," said council member Dean Staples, who proposed the new ordinance.

Some council members suggested requiring two clerks during night shifts, but no decisions were made Thursday. The lawyers were asked to have a suggested ordinance written by March 22.

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