This is one reason I do not go shopping during the early, mad Christmas shopping
rush. People are rude and pushy, and don't care who they step on, such as this
man's little grandson. I was not there, but I find it entirely believable that
he was not trying to steal anything, but was trying to help his grandson. A few
years ago I worked at a local grocery store, and when we saw people attempting
to conceal goods, we were instructed to watch them, but we could not do anything
until they left the store. Then it was a crime, and store personnel were able to
confront the shoplifters right at the door. I think the officers should have
just observed until they could correctly determine if the intent was to
shoplift, or as the man has said, help his grandson who had been trampled by
other shoppers. His waistband was probably the first handy place he could think
Just another reason among many not to shop walmart
Video games are not soft objects. If someone shoves one into their waistband,
they aren't going to forget about it. The game would stick quite noticeably
into their own body. With that being said, the Cops didn't just jump the guy.
An employee noticed and then tracked down officers who then approached the man.
I don't imagine they just pulled out cuffs and put them on him. There was
probably some questioning going on.They were on video. It sounds
like this guy just tried to steal the case and panicked when he was caught.
Instead of being a good example, he tried to play tough and hit his head rather
hard. Lesson learned? Probably not. But sure, lets blame the retailer and cops
instead of the guy being stupid.
Intentional theft does have some doubts here as they were still in the store and
the law does state that arrest can't be made until after they leave the store
premises. In this case, the officers seem to be unjustified by their actions and
any one defending themselves from harassment has the right contrary to resisting
arrest with no evidence of a crime. I have objection to defending ones self from
beatings and assault as resisting arrest, that is clear self defense, even if
the assault is by law enforcement. An unarmed civilian cannot be considered a
threat to police.As for intentional theft, I have no pity and
complete contempt to destroy their lives. Theft is worse than murder and killing
people. Killing someone ends their suffering and pain, however, theft is a
lifetime of victimization and terror. Thieves deserve a fate worse than death,
pain and loss of limbs with a lifetime of ridicule.