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Workplace Trends: The Bulletproof Computer Bag

The workplace can be a tense place these days, what with worried, overworked employees and layoffs and all. So why not arm your remaining employees with bulletproof computer bags or "padfolios," just in case something bad happens?

It's part of the thinking behind a new product line from O'Fallon, Missouri company Discreet Body Armor LLC, whose owner, Tom Griffin, says that he's already sold out his current stock of bulletproof briefcases and padfolios not once, but twice. A sign of the times, I suppose. As Missouri teevee station KSDK reports:

The company that hired Griffin, asked him to recommend a product that could better protect employees in the event of a shooting. Griffin says he didn't find a product he was satisfied with, which led him to bulletproof computer bags and padfolios. Griffin says they chose items that are often carried to board meetings. He says he recommends the products to those employees who are considered "greatest risk," such as management and human resource personnel. He says those are the employees that are often targeted in workplace shootings.

Will the computer-bag-as-bulletproof-vest become the hot, new workplace trend for 2012? Who knows, but a little bit of James Bond might be coming to the average workplace. Video at 11.

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