TECUMSEH – During the disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution on Thursday, March 2nd, the workers at Casey’s General Store were hard at work making sure that the staff members had food during the ordeal.
“The first day, between night shift and overnight shift, I believe it was 78 confirmed pizzas. The next morning we had more pizzas for breakfast. There was 50 footlong subs that went out. It was all weekend long. Mornings it was breakfast sandwiches, breakfast pizzas. Noon it was sub sandwiches and dinner was pizzas,” said General Manager Patricia Robertson.
The General Manger of the Tecumseh Casey’s location, Patricia Robertson, and her employees have had experiences in helping the prison in the past.
“During the Mother’s Day riot (2015), we actually did a lot of food at that time, too, so we kind of had a thought that OK, we knew special teams were coming in, we knew there was an incident, so therefore we were prepared. We started making break, we warned all the extra staff that they may need to come in for a couple of extra hours,” stated Robertson.
Although Casey’s General Store may be a chain business, working in a small close-knit community like Tecumseh showed that even the workers were worried about what was going on inside.
“My oldest daughter works there. My soon to be son-in-law works there. My husband no longer works there. Clientele that come in here, ‘is everybody safe, did anybody get injured?’ That’s our first thought,” declared Robertson.
Robertson believes that everything that happened inside her store was a team effort during the disturbance.
“I could not ask for a better staff. They all work together. It doesn’t matter if they’re stationed here, if they’re supposed to be in the kitchen, if they’re supposed to be in the front, everyone helps each other out. Not just my staff, but the whole community, I’ve seen them come together for the prison staff and for each other when stuff like this happens. It’s been really awesome,” exclaimed Robertson.