Adam Robinson was in his early twenties when he decided to get a job a at 24 hour convenience store. He had graduated from university and had not been able to find a job for nearly a year. His parents didn't like the idea of him working at a 24 convenience store, not because he was a university graduate but because it was so dangerous in their town. Every week there were incidents in the various stores; everything from robberies to the odd shooting. Despite these facts Adam was confident to diffuse and de-escalate any situation because he had a degree in psychology.
The first few months of the job there were only a couple minor incidents in the store. Things like shoplifting and a few drunks had to be escorted out. Just treat people with respect, he thought and everything would be okay. He concluded that the increasing violent incidents were do more to the shop keepers and their lack of training in psychology and their aggressive tactics, more than the criminals and their guns. After all, as he was taught in university, the criminals were a product of society so they should be given a certain amount of leeway for their crimes because society made them do it. The fact that a drunk man beats his wife and kids is not the man's fault. It was the alcohol that made him do it, thought Adam.
Then one night at 3 a.m. two men entered the store with balaclavas. Adam was calm, knowing that with his university degree in psychology he could handle the situation. Then just as he opened his mouth to calm the robbers one of them pulled out a shot gun and blasted Adam in the face.
Despite being shot in the face Adam survived. He was in a coma for three months and was blind in both eyes. His face was massacred and looked like a squished leather couch. He went through twelve face surgeries but didn't look much better. After he woke from the coma he was talking fine but remembered nothing about the incident. He was devastated that he was blind in both eyes. He asked what happened to the men who had done this to him and was told that despite there being four others in the store at the time nobody saw anything and no one would cooperate with the police. So the shooting like so many others would remain unsolved.
When Adam was released he went back home to live with his parents. About a year later he recieved a phone call from an eye clinic in New York that was performing revolutionary eye implants. It was not an eye implant from another human but they actually manufactured new eyes. They asked him if he wanted to be part of a ground breaking experiment to make him see again with the manufactured eyes. It would cost him nothing and all of his travel expenses would be covered. He agreed and off to New York he went.
He wasn't scared about the surgery because he was blind anyways so no more damage could be done. The surgery went off without a hitch and he could see again. He felt the emotion of wanting to cry but his new eyes could not produce tears. He flew back home to start his new life.
Once home he hopped in his car which had sat in the garage for nearly two years. It was time to take it for a spin. He wheeled out of the garage and exited out of the city to the highway. He was cruising north when the highway cut west with the sun setting. He became blinded by the sun's intense glare and lost track of where the highway was and drove off the road slamming into a giant moose. When he awoke the moose lay dead beside the car and the windshield was spidered in a hundred different directions of white crack lines. He crawled out of the car to flag down help and that's when he noticed that his vision was still cracked with white lines. It was his new eyes, they were made of glass and were cracked in the car accident and he could not see through the white crack lines. He stumbled around on the highway unable to see and that's when the semi tractor trailer came barreling around the corner.