Bulletproof Subways a Sign of Violent Times?

John Dodge, CBS Chicago, April 24, 214

While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal.

Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass.

Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway?

The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers.


Savini took a few photos and sent out a tweet, saying the scene was a sad depiction of gun violence in Chicago.


Savini also posted his photos on Facebook, where one user remarked that there is a similar set up at a Subway in the Austin neighborhood.

An internet search also found a few bulletproof Subways in Oakland and Detroit.




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  • Dave4088

    What do Chicago, Detroit and Oakland all have in common? Answer that question and you will understand why some establishments use bullet proof glass to protect their employees and patrons.

    • Anna Tree

      Exactly! It’s not only that “the scene was a sad depiction of gun violence in Chicago.”, but that it is the depiction of black neighborhoods.

      • bilderbuster

        Yes but a brainwashed liberal will blame anything except Blacks themselves.

    • model1911

      The letter ‘O’ ?

      • Anon

        Chicago…Detroit…Oakland….negro…..works for me.

        • model1911


  • MekongDelta69

    They’ve had those in NYC decades ago. (Not Subway, but 7-11 type stores). Almost every store in black ghettos have been like this forever.

  • In a decade, bullet proof vests will become a popular fashion as blacks are moved en masse into formerly white neighborhoods and schools. Then there are the Mexican gangs that are taking over all across the USA. Every business and every body is going to be bullet proofing himself as best as he can. Of course, the ultimate goal is to disarm us and toss out the Second Amendment.

    • Guest

      Maybe life jackets will become popular too.
      (credit Urbane Neanderthal)

      • Anna Tree

        Sorry everybody, I have no idea why the first picture got included!
        (same folder?)
        I deleted it but it still shows 🙁

        • IstvanIN

          She makes the case that society is devolving. God is saying something.

          • Kenner


        • bilderbuster

          I’ve seen that photo of the nasty, deformed Bonobo with the giant jaw and life jacket elsewhere.
          Can anyone tell me anything about it?

          • Pro_Whitey

            I can’t speak from actual knowledge about the life jackets, but I have read about African gang/military groups wearing outrageous costumes to distinguish themselves and to intimidate their enemies. I think in Liberia one group would wear Marilyn Monroe bleach blond wigs.

          • bilderbuster

            I saw a video about Liberian jungle gang bangers that would fight naked because they believed it made them invisible.
            What’s with that elephant man jaw on that cretin?
            If you look at his shooting stance you will know why so many bonobos in Chicago are only wounded and why when they do a drive-by they hit the neighbor’s dog, kids, everything but their targets.

          • Raymond Kidwell

            The invisibility only works at night

          • bilderbuster

            Aim for the eyeballs and teeth!

          • Anon

            I’m far more interested in the fact that he lives in a so called “poor” nation with zero manufacturing base yet mysteriously can afford a $3000 rifle, a brand new $200 life vest, fashionable clothes and is well groomed (shave and a haircut). How pray tell did he get these things.
            For the answer…look in the mirror.

          • bilderbuster

            “Our” criminal government doesn’t ask our permission my friend.

          • tlk244182

            I thought it was makeshift armor.

          • model1911

            I would, but the comment would be deleted.

    • Anna Tree

      Life jackets may become popular too.
      (credit Urbane Neanderthal)

      • PesachPatriot

        Not sure if these pics are Liberia or the bad parts of West Palm Beach….

  • The restaurant is located on the border of the Roseland and West Pullman neighborhoods, which has seen its share of gang violence. However, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis, crime in those areas recently has declined.

    A neighborhood I understand is called the “Wild Hundreds,” because it’s the ghetto and the numbered street names in that part of Chicago are in the 100s.

    “Crime has recently declined.” Says what, those crime stats that we now know were goosed downward? Even if they are down, so what? If you’re in Phoenix in June, it’s 115 one day and 108 the next day, do you say that it has cooled down?

  • JSS

    Bulletproof subways kfcs and other junk food peddlers are a sign of diversity. Let’s not blame some nebulous thing called “the times”. Without diversity bulletproof subways wouldn’t exist.

  • IstvanIN

    I am old enough to remember when you could go up to a bank teller and there was nothing but a counter directly between you and her.

    • RisingReich

      Still have it in White parts of N. Colorado…although, there’s a very noticeable black security camera RIGHT in your face at each teller station.

      • IstvanIN

        You should see the banks in cities in NJ. The bullet proof glass, I assume actually lexan, must be two inches thick and goes all the way to the ceiling.

      • Alexandra1973

        Same here at the bank in my town.

    • MBlanc46

      Fortunately, that’s just the way my bank is.

    • bilderbuster

      I don’t know where you bank but it sounds way to diversified for me.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble


    Why would a Subway in Chicago need racist bulletproof glass??

    Rahm already told the gang bangers that “it’s OK to kill each other but take it in the alleys.”

    Thank God it wasn’t a Chick-fil-A!!

    “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.”

    Subway should just post this sign:

    • Alexandra1973

      I SO want to print out some of those and put them on doors where they have “no guns allowed” signs!

      • model1911

        Do so then.Please post.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “There are fortified Subway restaurants in Chicago, Oakland, and Detroit.”

    What is a majority black populace, Alex?

    • MBlanc46

      They’re not a majority in Chicago as a whole–only about a third. Many black neighborhoods are 98-99% black, though. This is one of those.

      • Anon

        Having lived in Chicago years ago, the thing to understand is the government and people there ENCOURAGE the negros to go out and victimize whites. There are black neighborhoods yes (and no one goes there) but the real issue is there are thousands of blacks roaming white neighborhoods with no business being there. At minimum they are aggressively panhandling and dealing drugs. But EVERY neighborhoods in Chicago has horrific murder and rape rates as these blacks hunt white liberals for sport. Lately, this has increased to regular mass rioting. Dozens of major riots, each involving thousands of marauding blacks in white neighborhoods…none of it covered in the media. Several times now they have literally invaded the Gold Coast, Michigan Ave and other parts of downtown, ripped police down off their horses and beaten them, smashed windows and the like.
        Mass scale detroitification of Chicago is well underway and I suspect the ENTIRE city will be 99% black soon….as all white people are ethnically cleansed out of the city, just like what happened in Detroit.

        • MBlanc46

          I think that “encourage” is a bit strong. What is not too strong is that the CPD, due particularly to de facto reductions in force, are not able to keep black predation out of largely white neighborhoods, at least until the television coverage gets too many people upset. With spring just around the corner (please), expect the “flash mobs” to be hitting North Michigan Avenue and Streeterville for a few days before the cops are able to get themselves mobilized.

  • FeuerSalamander

    This kind of thing still won’t enable businesses to survive negro behavior. Let’s see what this place looks like in a year, if it is still open.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Jim Crow was the white man’s best friend. Blacks could rape and murder each other as much as they wanted, until they harmed a white man. When that happened, it was GAME OVER.

  • WR_the_realist

    The Subway in Concord, NH does not have bullet proof glass. Raise your hand, children, if you can tell me the difference between Concord and Chicago, Detroit, or Oakland.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Only a Negro would kill for a sandwich while being 300 lbs and having food stamps at home.

    • Ella

      But, there is no one there to prepare it. The US gov has not hired a dietician doing house-calls yet.

      • Raymond Kidwell

        The SBA will be offering classes for African Americans only. The classes will on how to rob your own small business. The US government will provide a seven year waiver of all tax obligations on your earnings as a way to help minorities get a leg up in this world.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      He was only acting out due to the oppression of the white power structure. If whites weren’t so racist he wouldn’t need to rob the subway. And about the 300 pounds- blacks suffer higher rates of obesity and heart disease because of stress due to racism. In fact I’m going to have to take you in for questioning. I believe its your fault he committed the crime.

      As for him, we’re giving him a job in the Justice Department as a manager. The fact that he couldn’t pass our qualifications test is ok because the test was racist. The fact that we could not create a test that wasn’t biased against him is ok because the concept of tests was created by the white man in order to oppress non-whites.

      And when 300 pound bubba comes to rape you, don’t shoot him because that would be a hate crime and we’ll have another treyvon martin case on our hands. If the racist jury let’s you off scot free so help me god I will make sure it never happens again.

      • Whitetrashgang

        yes indeed Subway is now changing their name to Slaveway. If you were oppressed, say a fat white woman sat on your face you now get a free sandwich and coke.I guess this is called giving back to the community.

  • Puggg

    What I think they might also be a sign of is the business try to keep its insurance rates at least somewhat reasonable.

  • Ella

    How I’m not surprised when you have a country that does not follow its own laws.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Gibsmedat sammich! You can use your EBT card Sir… but I’ze gots a gat! Fast food’s version of Hardcore Pawn.

  • bubo

    I’d love to be able to re-animate LBJ and make him work at this Subway for eternity.

  • Hallie Eva

    Not good judgement on her part to pursue these murderous thugs, given the racial demographics of Maxwell Park area of Oakland. Experience has taught me that one must consider all blacks and mestizos as “armed, dangerous,” and to be avoided.
    Take a look at the die-versity.

  • Alexandra1973

    When I was growing up in the Detroit area, I took bullet-proof glass and bars on doors in certain areas for granted.

    Now I live near the Amish in Ohio and when I first moved here in 1993 I was SHOCKED that cemeteries didn’t have fences, virtually no bullet-proof glass at banks (at least not up to the ceiling if there was some), etc.

    The area where I live is about 95% White, the town I live in, about 97%.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      Now that you posted that online they will be busing in some illegal aliens to help diversify the neighborhood.

  • Anon

    What this actually is, is evidence that these people are not motivated by money. Chicago is an incredibly high tax zone, bullet proof glass is almost ludicrously expensive. Shrinkage and other costs from the only type of person you could get to work here must also be quite high. Profits are low due to the fact that, ummm, no one has any money. And really now, negros eat KFC not subs. Risk/reward and any profits likely are exceedingly poor and likely the business will fail or have to shut down for other reasons (like someone throwing a Molotov cocktail because they were frustrated trying to shoot the employees for fun). Such things are the REASON, most grocery stores, gas stations, etc. shut down in Detroit and the south side of Chicago.
    Yet someone, is willing to go to incredible expense to open these already failed businesses and the motivation obviously is not to make any money. Remember this when you look at the immigration issue, say, and are tempted to say, greedy rich folk want to make money off the situation. THERE IS NO MONEY TO BE MADE! If there were, that would at least be reasonable and understandable if a bit short sighted. Problem is, not only are they not making money, they lose money….ALOT of money.
    Which leaves other motivations. Also, it begs a question about money. People (even psychotic elites) tend to not waste money without clear goals and a guaranteed pay off of some kind…..with one exception….you think the money won’t be worth anything soon and need to spend it while you still can.