Tis the season for Vigiliantism: "If he wants money he should get a job like everyone else..."
Two heart warming stories of vigilantism in the news yesyerday. First, from Hendersonville, SC:
It's lights out for an armed robbery suspect who tried to hold up a business. The masked man attempted to stick up an employee at the We Buy Gold store on Spartanburg Highway. But Derek Mothershead turned the tables on the 25-year-old Mostafa Hendi and knocked him unconscious.
Store surveillance video shows Mothershead holding Hendi down as he called the police.
"He came through the door..hoodie on his head..said 'gimme the money..gimme the money...I threw my hands up..said take the money if you want it," said Mothershead. "Instead of putting it in the bag..I handed it to him..and hit him."
Store manager Juaz Crus says he thinks Hendi got the message.
"If he wants money, get a job..work like everybody else in this world," said Mothershead.
My favorite part of this one is that the employee made the man wipe up his own blood while waiting for the police to arrive. Here's the video:
Our second story comes from Indy, in fact, it comes from the grocery store my wife and I occasionally use:
A man who police said was fatally shot by a Kroger employee while attempting to rob an Indianapolis store was identified Tuesday as Jeremy Atkinson, 26.
Police said Atkinson went into the Kroger in the 5000 block of West 71st Street just after 6 p.m., approached a female worker in a doorway and put something to her back that she thought was a gun.
"The suspect then forced the victim to the office area, where he encountered a second employee who fired a weapon at him, striking him in the face," Indianapolis police Sgt. Linda Jackson said.
Atkinson was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, where he later died.
And does this part shock anyone:
Atkinson was released from prison in October 2010 after an armed robbery conviction. He also had a prior conviction on a charge of possession of a handgun without a license.
Unfortunately, it might not turn out so well for the Kroger employee:
A top criminal expert in the Indiana Legislature said Tuesday that the law supports the Kroger employee who police said fatally shot a would-be robber, even if company officials decide the worker violated store policy. Kroger forbids employees from having a gun on the premises, but the law puts employees in a quandary, RTV6's Norman Cox reported.
Indiana law allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves, but employers can still fire workers for having that deadly force with them in the workplace.
Indiana law states that "a person is justified in using reasonable force to protect himself or a third person from what he believes is necessary to stop or prevent serious bodily injury or the commission of a forcible felony."
But most companies have stringent rules against having a weapon in the workplace. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce fought hard to prevent the Legislature from creating an exemption to allow guns in locked cars in company parking lots, but the law passed.
So, what do you think?
Gun Control: he hit just what he was aiming at; or
Gun Control: no employees should ever be armed at work?