From: "Lucky me"
if 7-11 is open 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year, why
are there locks on the doors?
It appears that everyone and their brother and
their brothers brother wanted to answer this question. Here's what
the population has contributed:
Sarah was the first to sent us this statement:
round here 7/11's are open from 7 am to
11pm. but I'm sure somewhere out there their open 24 hours. plus
theres other convenience stores that are anyways. the answer to that
question is that they can lock the doors if theres an emergency.
like. lets say, a power outage. for instance we just had the black
out here in north America, and the time hortons that I work at shut
down (even though they are open 24/7 they had locks to lock up so
someone didn't have to sit there for 2 days straight. also, some of
the places that are open 24/7 close on holidays.
Eddie thought up this situation:
The answer to "If 7-11 is open 24 hrs.
a day why are there locks on the doors?" is really pretty simple (I
worked at a 7-11 while in high school).
Remember, a 7-11 IS a STORE and they DO get ROBBED (1st clue) and if
a crime is committed it's in the victim's best interest to preserve
the 'crime scene' (2nd clue).
To clarify for those of you not keeping score, employees are to lock
the doors and suspend business until the police have been there and
done their job (oh, and woken up the Manager so he can drag himself
to the store to royally piss HIM off).
Todd pondered this idea:
It is very rare to find someplace truely
open 24/7. Most close for at least a few hours on big holidays such
as Christmas. Even if it were open on holidays, you still need
locks. If the power went out, the store would have to close. Without
locks, the store would be robbed. The big blackout a while ago is a
perfect example. Other types of problems, such as nature disasters,
may also need a 24 hour store to close.
Confused and Bored located this piece of information:
This is in response to "Why are there locks at
7-11?" Well, there are actually two answers to this. Originally,
7-11's hours were 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM (hence the name 7-11.) The
locks on stores who's hours were and as for some still are 7-11, the
lock is needed during the time that it's closed. As for the 24 hour
stored, those stores are actually open 23 hours a day. They close
for one hour every night so they can restock the shelves, empty the
safe, and clean up a bit.
Bubba Shade simply stated:
Why Locks? Stores that are open 24 hours have locks
on the doors so they can be locked after they have been robbed.
Joe shared his views with us:
Although the store/bldg professes to be
open 24/365 events can occur which would make it necessary to secure
the store and contents ie: construction/remodeling/robbery
investigation/power outages/weather events. Besides that the name
7-11 came from the hours they used to keep before current times as a
place to obtain necessities before/after normal retailers hours.
Jen~nay pointed out this:
Why locks on the doors?.. they are for the clerks
who work by themselves that have to use the restroom. That way no
one can get in the store and rob it while they are "dropping the
kids off at the pool" or "releasing a golden shower".
Edwin did his research and sent us this:
This question is simple enough. It's
basically a just-in-case thing. I mean, would YOU open store and not
have locks on it just because you're going to TRY to keep it
constantly open? I mean, what if something happens and the store is
actually closed for a short time - like there's a fire in the store,
or the guy that runs the store suddenly has to leave for some
emergency - any number of events or emergencies could happen that
would leave the store closed for a while. Heck, you might not even
find employees for every day and shift during the week.---------
Also let's not forget that the building the seven-eleven is in WAS
NOT ALWAYS A SEVEN-ELEVEN; it's not like every time seven-eleven
opens another store they actually build another building, most
buildings for businesses or stores or franchises are bought or
rented out and ALREADY EXISTED before the store opened at that
place, so the building was of course originally built with a lock on
the door.------Here's an example, M! cDonald's builds a small
building in a town to open another McDonald's because they think
they can make money at that location. Of course they build the
building with a lock on the door. It then turns out that they don't
make enough money and have to close they place down. It's not like
they close down, leave, then pay even more money to destroy the
building - they just sell the building to whoever wants to buy it,
and then in our little example seven-eleven just happens to buy it -
and the lock is still there.----If seven-eleven does ever actually
build a building to open a store, they are of course going to build
a lock for the door for the just-in-case purposes I mentioned above
and for when they need to sell the building to somebody that will
need a lock (nobody's going to buy a building that you just can't
lock - there's gotta at least be a place for a padlock on the
TB summed up Edwins speech:
simple, the place is not automated. When emergency
arises or if when there is only one person there and they have to
use the restroom, a lock comes in handy. There is also times when
there is no-one to cover the store.
Nick took a stab at the answer:
the reason that there are locks on 7-11
and it is open 24 hours is because they used to be open from 7 am to
11 pm and thats how they got the name and they had to be able to
lock the door in the times that it was open and I think there might
be some kind of government regulation about having locks or
something like that
Brad wanted to see his name on the internet so he
gave us this:
To answer the question "Why Locks?", the only answer
I can give would be either they are required by law, or for
Xach muttered this:
7-11 has locks on its doors so if say
the power grid goes down (not like that will ever happen lol), heath
board shuts them down or if they just go out of business in a
Paul believes this:
There are locks on 7-11's because there are times
when the store might have to be closed. Such as during a natural
disaster (blizzards, flooding, hurricanes, etc.) or civil unrest in
Jez realized this:
When you buy a door it has a hole in it for the lock
- you've got to put something in there, and locks are the right
shape, and look oddly appropriate. Otherwise I agree, they should
save the money.
David k really wanted to solve the mystery:
I have never been an employee of a 7-11
establishment, but I am willing to take a stab at this "Steven
Wright-type" question. There could be several reasons for locks on
the door. One is to have the locks in the event the store actually
DOES have to close for some reason, such as an emergency situation
where there are no available employees to man the store. Second,
maybe the companies that insure the buildings also require locks to
be placed on the doors. Third, maybe they buy a standard door type
that can be used for many different establishments, and they just
don't make that type of door without locks on it. OK, that one is
the least likely of the three, but I'm brainstorming here.
Jessy confirmed this:
I have an answer to the "why locks?"
question. 7-11 has locks on the doors for emergency. eg-the
blackout, family emergency, ect.
Sonya Webb shared her experience with us:
As to why 7-11's have locks I do
have this information. In my hometown during a particularly bad
snow/ice storm one of the local convenience stores didn't have locks
either. The roads were closed for a couple of days but the employees
unfortunate enough to be working there were stuck because they
couldn't just leave the store unlocked and unattended and the owner
couldn't get to the store to watch it himself. So I guess they have
locks in case of a bizarre occurrence like this and they have to lock
up and leave.
Sandi concluded with this:
If a 7-11 gets robbed it is a procedure to lock the
door after the perpetrator has left while waiting for the cops, or
So in conclusion, I've come up with that there's
always something that's going to come up where you just have to lock
the doors even if its just for 5 minutes while you go to the potty.
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