HORTONVILLE, Wis. —
A Wisconsin glass-making firm wanting to avoid the impersonal touch of a cash bonus that might be used to pay bills and instead opted to gift each and every employee with a gun of their choice.
Well, to be more accurate, and to keep in line with state law, the father-and-son team at BenShot LLC gave each employee a gift card with which to purchase their weapon.
"That way the background check was done by the store," Ben Wolfgram explained to WISN 12 NEWS on Tuesday. "We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot. I want to make sure all of employees are safe and happy – a handgun was the perfect gift."
The Hortonville-based company has found success on Amazon with its design and manufacture of shot and beer glasses with bullets embedded into the glass. The gift cards to the 16 full-time employees, some of them veterans, cost the company about $8,000, Wolfgram said.
Media relations employee Chelsea Priest said she was grateful for the gift.
"For him to stand for something and for the company to stand for keeping us safe is really awesome for them to do that," she said in a video interview.
Hortonville, located near Appleton, about 120 miles northwest of Milwaukee, is a safe community in terms of violent crime, with just one aggravated assault reported in 2016, according to CityRating.com.