Cathy Terry robbed at gunpoint, then fired

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By Teresa Woodard

Mesquite, TX (WFAA/CNN) - Surveillance video captured the terrifying moments of a robbery at a fast-food restaurant.

Now one of the robbery victims says she is out of a job.

You feel the terror just watching it. Cathy Terry was living it.

"He actually stuck the gun to my neck," she said.

Cathy was the general manager at a Carl's Junior in Mesquite, Texas on Monday, September 17.

Just after 6 a.m. a man slipped inside. He was 6'2" tall and wore a purple jacket with a bandana around his face. He paced the store and then shoved Cathy's lone employee into the cooler. Then he found Cathy.

"I knew it was a real gun. I knew he wasn't kidding," she said.

He ordered her to open every register and empty every drawer and safe. She did what she was told.

The video is crystal clear but silent. You cannot hear the words he used, but Cathy cannot get them out of her head.

"He pointed the gun at me and said, 'Do you want to die for Carl's Jr.,'" she said.

After she gave him every dollar in the store he shoved her in the cooler and knocked her in the back of the head.

"He hit me like right back here. Like in the neck, shoulder part," said Cathy.

Then he ran.

"The quicker we get assistance from the public, the sooner we can find this guy and get him off the street, the safer the public is going to be," said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth with the Mesquite Police Department.

Cathy's trauma didn't end when the robber got away. Her boss gave her two day soff, and they she says he fired her for what she was told were unrelated reasons.

"He was more concerned about getting that store open than if me and her were okay," said Cathy.

She stayed so composed then, but not now.

"What has gone on so bad in your life, that you have to traumatize mine," she said.

Carl's Junior did not respond to an e-mail request for comment by local media.


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