A glassware company in Wisconsin has announced that each employee will get a brand new gun for Christmas, according to reports.
Shot glass-maker BenShot of Appleton, Wisconsin, told the media that the gifts will also serve as a “team building” exercise, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper.
Along with “team building,” BenShot owner Ben Wolfgram said he is also promoting self-protection.
Wolfgram said that all 16 full-time employees will be gifted with a gun this year.
This is the first time the business has done anything like this, Wolfgram said. The business was started in a small garage workshop in 2015.
Most employees were excited at the prospect of receiving their handgun, Wolfgram said. Chelsea Priest, an employee, said she felt empowered by the gift, which she believes will help keep her safe.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” she said.
BenShot manufactures “bulletproof” shot glasses, and all of its products are made with a copper bullet embedded into them, according to the company website.
Some controversy arose at first even among the employees when two refused the gun at first.
However, both changed their minds and took the gift after taking several firearms lessons, Wolfgram said.
Wolfgram also noted that he thinks his business is safer, now, because everyone is armed.
“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” Wolfgram said. “I think that’s pretty good.”
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