As if to provide a gritty example of the decline of American cities, a video took the internet by storm last week in which a robber could be seen pushing pack after pack of cigarettes into a trashcan he was using to loot a store as the owners demanded he leave. He refused, and so, frustrated, the clerks took action: one held him down as the other gave him a walloping with a wooden rod. Originally, they were to face charges for chastising the robber with the rods, but that was reversed and now they’ll face no charges.
In the viral video of the incident, the suspect can be seen stuffing thousands of dollars worth of items, mainly packs of cigarettes, into a trashcan while threatening to shoot and kill the workers. The man filming the video comments “ain’t nothing you can do,” but then the furious clerks decided there was something that they could do and they chastised the robber with a rod as thick as a baseball bat.
Watch the video here:
A literal ass whoopin’ pic.twitter.com/dN4V89Cv3e
— Louder with Crowder Dot Com (@LWCnewswire) August 2, 2023
Well, though it was originally suspected that the two clerks would face consequences from the law enforcement authorities who failed to protect their store, a near-perfect example of the anarcho-tyranny that many allege grips America, San Joaquin County District Attorney Ron Freitas said otherwise in a statement.
Commenting on the matter and describing why the two men aren’t going to face criminal penalties for their beatdown of the alleged, would-be robber, DA Freitas said, “The Stockton 7-11 Store Clerks are not and have never been suspects of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. Any investigation going forward is to hold accountable the individual who threatened and attempted to rob them.”
A Statement from District Attorney Ron Freitas:
“The Stockton 7-11 Store Clerks are not & have never been, suspects of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Any Investigation going forward is to hold accountable the individual who threatened & attempted to rob them
— San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office (@sjcda_media) August 8, 2023
Commenters on Twitter were quick to express their approval of that decision, as many Americans are sick and tired of the seeming immunity criminals get for their actions and the consequences ordinary people face when they try to stand up to those same criminals.
One commenter, for example, said that he is glad to hear that the justice system isn’t as completely dead as many think it is, saying, “Glad to hear this! The person holding the phone while recording the crime kept telling the clerks, “There’s nothing you can do man.” What a mockery of the justice system!”
Similarly, another commenter said that he and the rest of the public are sick and tired of criminals walking away from inflicting pain and suffering on law-abiding citizens with nothing but a slap on the wrist, if that. He said, “Good to hear. The public has spoken and they approve of the clerk’s actions. The public is tired of these criminals encouraged by lenient prosecution.”
Still another argued that the clerks who stood up to the thug deserve an award for defeating him, saying, “Let’s keep it that way. The Sikh gentlemen that stopped this (probably career) criminal need an award. We are all sick of these crimes and the emboldened low life’s threatening the livelihood of retail owners.”
According to KTVU, the would-be robber was later caught by police after they were alerted to who he was a few days earlier, when he complained to firefighters about pain in his leg and shoulder. After the video went viral, they connected him to the crime and a vandalism offense.
Featured image credit: screengrab from the embedded video
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