George Zimmerman's New Gig: Gun Store Guard

He's reportedly patrolling shop as volunteer

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 29, 2014 12:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Zimmerman hasn’t been on the radar much after a failed celebrity-boxing attempt and his family’s public tiff with Roseanne earlier this year, but Mashable has tracked him down at his new gig: guarding a Florida gun store. A police report obtained by Mashable says a patrolling officer found Zimmerman keeping watch over Pompano Pat’s—which also sells motorcycles and ammo—in the middle of the night on Sunday and that Zimmerman told the official “he was watching the business due to a recent burglary” at the request of the store owner.

But Zimmerman doesn’t appear to actually be on the shop’s payroll. Owner Pat Johnson tells WKMG Orlando that, although they do know each other, Zimmerman doesn’t technically work for him and has been keeping burglars at bay on his own since several thousand dollars’ worth of rifles and two minibikes were stolen earlier this month; a store employee and the DeLand PD back up this claim to Mashable. In other words, it’s apparently a volunteer position—much like Zimmerman's neighborhood-watch gig the night he was accused of killing Trayvon Martin. Pompano Pat’s, incidentally, is the same DeLand shop that offered Zimmerman a free firearm after his acquittal last summer in Martin’s death, according to WKMG. (You’d think a guy who’s in the hole for $3,000 a month would go for a paying job...)

George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin, answers questions in court on Nov. 19,  2013, in Sanford, Fla., during a hearing.
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin, answers questions in court on Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., during a hearing.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
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