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The Georgia waitress that fired her gun at three robbers at Waffle House is looking for a new job.

Heather (Shorty) Burkinshaw-Stanley said she was only trying to defend herself and her co-workers, The Newnan Times-Herald reported Sunday. “I was in fear for my life, my co-workers’ lives, and I did what I thought was right,” she told the paper.

Three men dined at the Waffle House in the wee hours Thursday morning before passing a note to the cashier demanding money or everyone in the restaurant would be shot.

One waitress gave the robbers $200 and they began to leave when Burkinshaw-Stanley fired a gun, one she kept in her vehicle, in their direction.

“I safely fired a round in the air in an attempt to scare the robbers who were in the process of getting in their vehicle, not knowing if they were retrieving their weapon to return to the Waffle House,” she said on GoFundMe. “My shot must have gotten their attention as they rapidly drove off.”

The woman worked at Waffle House for two years before the incident but was terminated the day after the robbery.

Waffle House has not commented on the issue, but all 1,800 Waffle House restaurants around the country are gun-free zones.


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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’