Walmart Greeter Attacked By Cop During Receipt Check Suing For $21 Million

Remember the Walmart greeter that got attacked by a cop during a receipt check? Well, he’s suing for $21 million, says Chattanooga’s News Channel 9.

I spoke with Walker Monday and he tells me he has flashbacks and, since Christmas Eve, has trouble sleeping through the night.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The police officer in question has been suspended 28 days without pay for conduct unbecoming an officer, execessive use of force and improper procedure. He allegedly threw Mr. Walker into a vending machine when asked for his receipt and then tossed him through a glass door after another customer tried to intervene.

Wal-Mart Greeter Suing [Channel 9]
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  1. Yossarian says:

    This is where my previous sympathy for his situation ends.

    • pda_tech_guy says:

      @Yossarian:

      Why??? I mean the F ing cop threw him through a glass door!

      • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

        @pda_tech_guy: Who will pay the $21 Million? The state, as it sounds like he is going after the police force since he was on duty.

        If this was a civil suit, then fine…but I can understand not having sympahty for him if he is going after tax payer money.

        • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

          @AlteredBeast: I mean, civil suit against just the cop, not against the police force.

        • bubby1124 says:

          @AlteredBeast:

          I work for State Law Enforcement and the State will only cover you if you were acting within the scope of your job and justified according to the law. Otherwise you are on your own.

      • Areia says:

        @pda_tech_guy: Because in most legal systems you’d have to prove that what happened was going to cost you that amount in lost earnings, medical bills or whatever other costs you might incur. I’m sure the US system requires some level of that, but the settlement amounts are just astronomical. Don’t get me wrong, the greeter certainly deserves compensation, but that amount just seems beyond excessive.

      • Yossarian says:

        @pda_tech_guy: So the appropriate compensation for that is over 400 times the median annual household income in this country?

        Is there any evidence that he has sought appropriate compensation before filing a Powerball suit?

        Add up his medical bills. Add in any rehab he needs. Add in the counseling he surely needs after this life-altering event. Pay him for any unpaid time off work. Double that total and add it in for “pain and suffering” so that he receives three times his other damages.

        • warf0x0r says:

          @Yossarian: or 1/22nd the standard CEO pay including golden parachute and bailout bonuses. Yes.

        • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

          @Yossarian:

          IANAL, but you often hear about punitive damage awards being reduced to something reasonable. Just sheer speculation here, but maybe he and his legal shark decided to aim high in the hopes of scoring at least a multimillion dollar judgment? It’s just a thought.

        • XTC46 says:

          @Yossarian: Life altering event? are you kidding me? have you never been pushed or fallen before?

          • Yossarian says:

            @xtc46: It was sarcasm.

            • dragonfire81 says:

              @Yossarian: I am reasonably certain it was the guys lawyer and not the guy himself who came up with the $21 million figure.

              If you think about it, the more publicity your case gets, the better your chances of a sizable settlement. $21 mil gets more press attention than $21000 or $210 000 easily.

      • frodolives35 says:

        @pda_tech_guy: He did not throw him through a door rtfa

      • howman says:

        @pda_tech_guy: So, was his jugular sliced open and his face scarred for life to the point where he would never be able to work again from the horror on other peoples faces at seeing his hideousness? No? Well then too bad, he got pwned, deal with it. For all we know he was a total douchebag in the way he asked for the receipt… I’m not saying the cop doesn’t have anger issues, but 21 mil is a bit excessive. Let Johnny no star protect the streets at night for a few days and see how happy he is being ‘accused of stealing’ by being asked for his receipt 5 feet from the freaking check out.

        • howman says:

          @howman: weird.. that is the second gawker post that @ the person below the one I hit reply to… glitch. so @ Yossarian. lol. good one… catch 22.

      • t-r0y says:

        @pda_tech_guy: But $21,000,000! There is no way that he deserves $21,000,000! The officer should be suspended or fired, the gentleman should get an apology and a few bucks for his trouble. (Don’t get me started on ‘pain and suffering’)

      • XTC46 says:

        @pda_tech_guy: No he didnt. The checker reached for the cop, the cop shoved him away (into a soda machine) and the guy then fell to the ground, the cop walked towars the guy on the ground, and some other guy decided to jump in and grab the cop. The cop then oushed the second guy through the door. The one who went through the door is not suing.

    • friendlynerd says:

      @Yossarian: Ditto. Couldn’t have said it more succinctly.

    • lannister80 says:

      @Yossarian: The damages are designed to be punitive.

      • Yossarian says:

        @lannister80: Punitive damages cannot be disproportionate to actual damages. $21 million is disproportionate on its face unless this guy has some massive actual damages no one has mentioned.

        @Gokuhouse: I never said it wasn’t OK to sue the police force, though he’s really suing the taxpayers, unless the only defendant is the officer himself.

        @T Axel Jones: If you can show some kind of ongoing behavior like this on the part of the cop, that, perhaps, would open up a different can of worms as far as the culpability of the police force. Even if that were shown, punitive damages must be proportionate to actual damages.

        I don’t think it would be unreasonable for the cop to lose his job over this, but that’s pretty irrelevant to the Wal-Mart guy’s damages.

      • t-r0y says:

        @lannister80: But they shouldn’t be. That’s just ridiculous! This guy needs a reality check!

        • Flame says:

          @t-r0y: The attorney I work for does personal injury claims. Most likely, this guy is suing the officer and the police force. Why, you ask? Because that’s where the deep pockets are. The general rule here is to take the special damages, i.e. medical bills, lost wages, future medicals, if he needs any surgery or rehab, and then multiply that total by 3. Who knows what kind of damage happened to this guy as a result of being thrown around that much.

          It’s likely that this will settle out of court, and not for nearly that much. Or, at least it will if the police force lawyers have a brain in their skulls, anyway. Remember, 99.99% of cases settle out of court.

          • t-r0y says:

            @Flame: It’s true, I don’t know all the details, but I can’t image $7 mil in surgery/medical.

            I’d like to amend my prior comment to include some disciplinary for the one’s who tried to cover for this cop. They should let him take his punishment, but then again, they were probably afraid of a $21,000,000 lawsuit. Still, no excuse.

      • Illusio26 says:

        @lannister80: Punitive is pretty relative. If I had to pay someone $5000, that’d be pretty punitive. 21 million is just being greedy.

    • Gokuhouse says:

      @Yossarian: I say it’s okay to sue the police force. This will be on his record forever personally as well and nobody would hire him with this kind of expense tied to his name.

    • T Axel Jones says:

      @Yossarian:
      Except that the police agency which hired him and continued to employ such a potentially unstable person is certainly responsible for his behaviour. Would he have acted this way if he wasn’t a police officer? Maybe, but it’s possible his sense of entitlement made him think he was above the law he was supposed to enforce. Officers should be carefully screened, and continually monitored to make sure they don’t have these kinds of psychological issues if they are expected to have power over the rest of us. The failure of the law enforcement agency to control his behaviour makes them responsible.

      I certainly don’t like the idea of having to pay for this kind of settlement out of tax dollars, but that’s the only way to effect any kind of meaningful change – as there is a good chance whoever hired this man and permitted him to continue his job while he had these kinds of rage issues going on may face a difficult time in the next election.

      • frodolives35 says:

        @T Axel Jones: All that may be true but not 21 mil worth.

      • t-r0y says:

        @T Axel Jones: We’ve had punitive damages for years, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything! If the office needs to go, then he needs to go, but don’t look for a big payout — and yes, that’s what this is all about. They like to say ‘punitive’ and ‘pain and suffering’, but what they’re really thinking is ‘cha-ching’ (They being the plaintiff and the lawyers).

    • buckfutt says:

      @Yossarian:

      Yep. The cop deserved to be fired, but this guy is jumping on the lawsuit lottery bandwagon. I’m sure Consumerist’s pet lawyer columnist thinks the plaintiff is the greatest hero in American history.

      • varro says:

        @buckfutt: $21 million is outrageous, but it’s a first offer.

        It’ll come way down – I think a few hundred thousand is more like it.

        And the police union is probably whining about the 28-day suspension and looking for a two-week assignment to desk duty.

    • tmed says:

      @Yossarian: Dude deserves to sue for whatever he wants. If you notice the tenor of the remarks here, you can expect that the final amount will be much, much, much smaller.

      This is the system, you likely have to ask for an amount that cannot be superseded by a jury, and then you enter the process.

      Even if a jury awards the full amount (it is unlikely that this will ever reach court, and it is unlikely that a jury would award the full amount) the judge can reduce the amount at that time.

      The amount is just vaporware.

    • Shadowman615 says:

      @Yossarian: I think generally you start with a large number for punitive damages or whatever, and then let the jury decide on an actual amount.

      Think like a negotiation — start by asking for something much higher than you know you will ever get.

      • Shadowman615 says:

        @Shadowman615: To clarify, sure, it’s an outrageous number. But it’s not that simple.To look at this as just some greedy bastard trying to get rich is thinking from a simplistic, knee-jerk point-of-view.

        This is purely a legal tactic probably designed to help urge the PD into offering a reasonable settlement.

      • Yossarian says:

        @tmed: “Dude deserves to sue for whatever he wants.” Indeed. And, likewise, I can change my opinion of him from “victim” to “opportunist.”

        @Shadowman615: “Think like a negotiation” That would be reasonable, though the amount is still unrealtistic, if he were entering into negotiation. Negotiation can be done without filing a lawsuit. The lawsuit, and the amount, seem like bad faith to me, unless there has already been a crap ton of negotiation of which we are unaware. And if a lawyer could mention that lack of success in negotiation, we’d surely be made aware it.

        • tmed says:

          @Yossarian: You are being short-sighted and prejudicial in your labelling. This is how the system works. You are priveledged to only this number. You are not priveledged to know what discussions are happening around the any possible settlement.

          The filing number doesn’t matter, what matters is what the settlement is, what form it takes, and whether the guy is lying or exagerrating to get there. We will never know, because this will all be sealed away from the public. The final settlement is likely to not admit guilt on anyone’s part (other than perhaps the individual cop).

          This is nothing, he had to sue because otherwise the cop & police force get off too lightly. The number is ridiculous because it is how this is done. the real number will be more than you think he should get, and less than he thinks he should get.

          • Yossarian says:

            @dragonfire81: That may well be, but the lawyer works for the client, not vice versa. The $21,000,000 suit couldn’t have gone forward without the client’s approval.

            @tmed: “You are not priveledged to know what discussions are happening around the any possible settlement” That’s why I have said “unless there has been negotiations of which we are unaware.” However, you can be sure that if the lawyer had been trying to negotiate and was rebuffed, he’d be shouting that fact from the rooftops. Regardless, lawsuits should be a last resort, not a first strike.

            “The number is ridiculous because it is how this is done.” That’s a specious argument. The same lack of logic can be applied to anything from bank overdraft fees, to hikes in credit cards rates, to farm subsidies, to anything else that is currently done poorly. “Oh, we held your payment and didn’t credit your account until after the due date? That is how this is done.” I’m sure you’d just say, “Well, OK, since you put it like that.”

            For the record, I was a practicing attorney until I got fed up with being a part of the sham. I know “how this is done,” and “how this is done” is broken.

            • tmed says:

              @Yossarian: If you were a practicing attorney, than you know that this guy does not expect $21,000,000.

              If you want to complain about the system, then complain about the system. This guy is playing by the rules, and does not deserve the sudden lack of sympathy. You know that these are the steps he has to take to get toward the resolution.

              Yes, I agree the system sucks. I do not agree that the lawyer has not tried to negotiate and been rebuffed. In my experience, lawyers are often unwilling to announce that in fear of gaining a personal argument with the other sides lawyers. As a practicing attorny, you likely knew that sometimes the filing had to happen to gain movement in the negotiation. Also, some lawyers suck, and many clients suck. I think there is not yet enough information to determine exactly who sucks except for the cop.

  2. Patrick Henry says:

    Getting rich the American way: suing! Whenever you eat bad food, spill hot coffee on your lap, or someone punches you, you struck oil! Sue them for all they’re worth! Sue! SUE!

    Sometimes I hate this fucking country and all its lazy stupid people. Of course, I’m one of them too. I just haven’t found a finger to put in my campbell’s soup yet.

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      @Patrick Henry: Your stereotype of Americans have offended me, I’m gonna sue you!

    • snowburnt says:

      @Patrick Henry: *Obligatory defense of the hot coffee lawsuit* the lady suing had no intention of taking Mcdonalds to the cleaners, she merely wanted them to pay for the medical expenses where it was proven beyond any doubt that the corporation as a whole held a percentage of responsibility for the damage. The additional money awarded was not asked for and was brought down to a couple hundred K which was likely used to pay her lawyers.

      I’m sure she’s better off financially for the lawsuit but the only people really making out in these lawsuits is the lawyers on both sides of the courtroom

      • Feminist Whore says:

        @snowburnt:
        Photographic evidence to assist in coffee case defense.

      • econobiker says:

        @snowburnt: Thanks for that pre-emptive clarification/.

      • mmmsoap says:

        @snowburnt: **More obligatory defense of the hot coffee lawsuit**

        Again, a reminder: the woman in question (please read the whole thing if you click through) suffered third-degree burns (ie–all the way through her skin into the sub-cutaneous tissue) in her lap and groin, and was in the hospital for 8 days, with ongoing treatment for years.

        While, yes, I agree that we as American are overly-litigation happy, a lot of the time it’s the urban-legend mentality that is more of the problem. Many of these “frivolous lawsuits” that people think of were not as frivolous as they appear when you’re only given a 10-second sound bite on your local news channel.

        On the face of it, $21 million dollars for being pushed by a jerk seems excessive, but I don’t think we have all the facts. How much has he tried to negotiate/settle with the cop and the city? How much damage was there? He was an older guy, did the fall cause problems that wouldn’t have been an issue for someone younger? (Is there a new mobility issue?)

        Ironically, I personally have to fight the urge to knock down those guys who try to check my receipts, treating me like a criminal for completing a legitimate business transaction. However, I’m also not insane, so I don’t actually do it…

    • Chris Miller says:

      @Patrick Henry: Perhaps if the authorities had taken swift and appropriate action, it wouldn’t have come to this. When legal avenues deny justice, the punitive damages of a civil suit are a reasonable route to pursue. Don’t assume a 70 year old was excited to be assaulted by a police officer.

    • bastion72 says:

      @Patrick Henry: She actually won because McDonalds was warned beforehand that the coffee was too hot and they neglected to lower the temperature. That’s why she won, not just because of the spillt coffee.

      • Traveshamockery says:

        @bastion72: Yup, the McDonalds was keeping their coffee at temperatures far above the legal limit in order to make it last longer and avoid waste. They’d been warned before about their violations, didn’t heed the law, and got slammed, as they should have.

        • TracyHamandEggs says:

          @InfiniTrent: There is no “legal” limit. In fact, most businesses sell coffee at higher temps then McDonalds did.

          • tmed says:

            @TracyHamandEggs: yeah, you’re wrong. Even McDonald’s doesn’t sell it at that temp anymore.

          • mythago says:

            @mmmsoap: It’s not an urban legend; there’s an entire industry, funded by the Chamber of Commerce and its offspring, to convince everybody that lawsuits are bad and business should do whatever it wants, whenever it wants.

        • 5h17h34d says:

          @InfiniTrent: In other news there is a “legal limit” for coffee temperatures? Care to elaborate on that?

          IANAL, but neither are you.

        • madog says:

          @InfiniTrent: That’s the thing though. YOU ordered coffee that YOU know to be hot and YOU spill it on YOURSELF because YOU are an idiot. The WalMart greeter didn’t throw himself onto the ground.

          • mythago says:

            @madog: Alternatively, YOU sold coffee that YOU know to be BOILING hot AT THE DRIVE THROUGH and YOU act all surprised when customers SPILL SOME and it BURNS THEIR FLESH.

            That whole you-should-have-known-better shit cuts both ways.

          • tmed says:

            @madog: Actually, the person ordered coffee to drink the coffee, and McDonald’s brewed the coffee far, far too hot to drink. In the McDonald’s lawsuit, the plantiff was held 20% responsible for the spill, reducing compensatory damages.

            She had tried to settle for $20k. McDonalds was punished by making them pay around 2 days of coffee sales ($2.7M). The amount was reduced by the court to $480K. the final settlement between Liebeck and McDonald’s is sealed.

            After a full court case, that she won, against a BILLION dollar business, she never got to see the money legally mandated, and the public was not allowed to see where the final numbers ended.

    • DoubleEcho says:

      @Patrick Henry: When your labia fuses together from the heat of the coffee, I’d say that’s grounds for litigation. There are many frivilous lawsuits that have entered the courts, but the McDonald’s Coffee suit was not one of them.

      • Charles Mousseau says:

        @DoubleEcho: not to be picky, but “labiae” would be the plural. “Fusing your labia together” would be like trying to cut your paper with just one “scis”, or wearing one “pant”, as opposed to using a pair of “scissors” or “pants”.

        Actually, I lie through my teeth, my sole purpose was to be picky. But I agree 100% with you, when burns from coffee fuse your labiae together, it’s worthy of the lawsuit in question.

    • Phydeaux says:

      @Patrick Henry: Anyone else tired of these Facebook posters? They are generally lack humor, contribute nothing to the discussion and the ones that do are 100% d-bags.

    • halloweenjack says:

      @Patrick Henry: Tell you what, sport. If I’m ever in a situation where a cop decides to go medieval on me because of a standard customer service interaction, I’ll look around and see if there’s some fine upstanding citizen like yourself to use as a meat shield, given that you don’t seem to think that it’s such a big deal to be thrown through a plate glass door, or at least not worth suing over. Thanks in advance!

    • mythago says:

      @snowburnt: Lawyers who represent people in consumer lawsuits work on commission and they front all the costs. They don’t get anything back unless they win, and they can’t afford to take cases that have no chance of winning. This means that until there is a final verdict (appeals finished and so on), there’s no payday.

      I really don’t understand people who think lawyers should work for free.

  3. HIV 2 Elway says:

    Thank God that despite tough economic times people can still sue their local police department.

  4. Jage says:

    Well, I mean, he did get thrown into a vending machine and through a glass door. What other recourse does he have? The office wasn’t fired.

    Of course, in my opinion $21 million is excessive, but that’s for the jury to decide.

    • shorty63136 says:

      @Jage: I agree. I mean, being thrown through a glass window can’t be a pretty or comfortable thing.

      I imagine they’re starting way high and expecting any final judgment to be much, much lower.

      • AdvocatesDevil says:

        If you ask for $10,000, you’ll only get $1000 when all is said and done, and your lawyer will take 40% of that. So you aim high, knowing you’ll only get a small percentage of it if you win.

        • humphrmi says:

          @AdvocatesDevil: 21 Mil is still too excessive. I can see tens of thousands of dollars, or maybe even a couple hundred if he can get a shrink to back up his flashbacks and sleep claims.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      @Jage: No, it was the guy who tried to help the greeter who got thrown through the glass.

      The guy assaulted two people. Why isn’t he fired?

  5. hypnotik_jello says:

    It’s okay, the police department will settle and the guy will walk away with a couple hundred thousand.

  6. plyhard13 says:

    If being pushed into a vending machine causes flashbacks, and loss of sleep, I think it might be wise for him to sue his parents for raising such a pathetic person.

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      @plyhard13: He could sue Pepsi for making their vending machines too hard.

    • CFinWV says:

      @plyhard13: You’re forgetting that he was 71 and he was also thrown through a glass door after being shoved into the machine. I can see why he isn’t sleeping well. Does that entitle him to $21 million? That’s for the jury to decide I guess.

    • Cyberxion101 says:

      @plyhard13: Yes, because being traumatized by a dickhead with a badge makes you pathetic.

      The quality of the comments ’round this place has slipped quite a bit as of late.

    • exconsumer9 says:

      @plyhard13: @lpranal: Indeed. Punitive damages are totally appropriate, and in some cases, the only way to punish the transgression. If the punitive damages are not high enough, then those who abuse the system can just work the $100 or $1000 fine into their operating costs and call it a day.

      The whole idea of “frivolous lawsuits” is, in my mind, a corporate invention to shame people out of the civil court system they are entitled to.

      That being said, I’m not so sure he really does deserve the 21 million, but not because he didn’t get hurt. Had the attack been unprovoked, I feel like that sum, or even more, would be appropriate. But the attack was provoked. Mr. Walker attempted to illegally detain and search that officer. That’s against the law, and anyone who does it does so at their own risk. It does seem like the force used was excessive, thus, the lawsuit.

      • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

        @exconsumer9:

        . But the attack was provoked. Mr. Walker attempted to illegally detain and search that officer.

        No, he did not. The blueshirt was thrown to the ground after he touched Freeman on the shoulder to get his attention. He neither detained nor assaulted him. I despise receipt checks, and am usually happy when someone gets the upper hand on a pushy blueshirt, but this cops reaction was way out of line.

        Some quotes from the Internal affairs report:

        “I believe there are more than sufficient witness accounts along with video evidence to show that Officer Freeman used excessive force (ADM-5) at the time he placed his hands on Bill Walker. Officer Freeman alleges that he reacted to an assault on him by Mr. Walker but there is neither witness account nor video evidence to support this allegation.”

        “An on duty officer has no authority to use force against an individual who merely touches them to get there [sic] attention. There is no evidence that Mr. Walker assaulted Officer Freeman.”

        Conduct Unbecoming: Sustained
        Excessive Force: Sustained
        Improper Procedure/UOF: Sustained

      • Azagthoth says:

        @exconsumer9: “Mr. Walker attempted to illegally detain and search that officer. That’s against the law, and anyone who does it does so at their own risk.”

        He attempted to do his job. Don’t blame the old man for a policy that his employer enforces. The policeman could have easily, and politely said “No”.

        I would like to point out to everybody that is worried about our tax dollars being spent on the defense and settlement, that the officer was wasting tax dollars by doing his Christmas shopping while on the clock.

    • liquidnumb says:

      @plyhard13: Dude. He was knocked out cold.

  7. goodpete says:

    I hate frivolous litigation. The guy would never have made 21 million bucks as a Wal Mart greeter. So even if he is now totally unable to work, $21 million bucks in lost wages is insane. As for punitive damages, I think that unless you lose a limb or something, a few thousand bucks spent at the talking doctor should make you right as rain. I used to feel sorry for this guy. He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong and he was viciously assaulted for it. But now it looks like he’s just looking for a payday. Mr. Greeter Guy: Have some self-respect. Don’t cater to the ambulance chasers. Have the police cover your medical expenses and a couple years of counseling if you really need it and get on with your life.

    • snowburnt says:

      @plamoni: While I don’t think that this is a frivolous lawsuit, 21 million is definitely excessive.

      I’m sure it’s just a tactic and should he win he probably won’t get more than a couple hundred K which he may never see and will probably squander away.

      Also, I thought that in civil cases like this you couldn’t specify punitive damages…you could request them and specify a concrete amount of money that the event cost you, like the cost of the medical bills and lost wages.

    • mythago says:

      @plamoni: Punitive damages aren’t there to “make you as right as rain”, they’re to punish the wrongdoer. Hence the name, ‘punitive’. Also, insurance usually pays all of the damages in these lawsuits for lost wages, medical expenses, and so on – but they don’t pay punitive damages.

      But thank you for your input. I’m sure your corporate masters have a nice biscuit waiting for you.

  8. craptastico says:

    obviously 21 million’s excessive, and there’s no way he’ll get that, but like any negotiation, you start high. if the guy wasnt a cop and didnt have any money of his own i’m sure he wouldn’t have shot that high. overlooked in all this is that the cop was on duty doing his xmas shopping. glad our tax dollars are paying him for his shopping time. here i am doing it on my own time like a sucker

    • TaterTom says:

      @craptastico: I think he was only considered ‘on duty’ because he was in uniform. Many precincts allow cops to cruise around in their cars and whatnot, so long as they still stop to help people, if only by smiling and waving:

      [www.craigslist.org]

      • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

        @TaterTom:

        I think he was only considered ‘on duty’ because he was in uniform.

        He was considered on duty because he was ON DUTY. He was not in uniform (he’s a plainclothes detective), and several witnesses claim that they didn’t even know he was a police officer until after the incident was over and uniformed cops arrived.

  9. MrsLopsided says:

    It’s the cover-up that gets them every time. The local police dept should have responded and investigated properly, before it hit the press, instead of their dismissive knee jerk stand-by-your-man cover up.

  10. Stephen Brooks says:

    Good for him. Everyone else is doing it why hate this guy for it? If this was like the judge with his pants it would be different. This guy actually had something done to him. At least be like everyone else and sue.

  11. Saboth says:

    I’m all for suing to stand up for your rights, but …21 million? I think what is wrong with our country is people get compensation that is beyond what they deserve. If the man lost both arms, both legs and was struck blind…I’d say maybe 2 million. That is 10x more money than he will ever see in this lifetime as a walmart greeter. As for just getting pushed down and having bad dreams? Maybe $2,500.

    Now, if the arm/leg/vision situation had happened to a Nobel prize winner that was on the verge of developing a cure for cancer, yes, 20 million seems like fair compensation.

    • vildechaia says:

      How do you know he wasn’t on the verge of developing a cure for cancer and, because of this trauma, now he can’t remember what it was?!@Saboth:

    • lpranal says:

      @Saboth: I’m assuming that the $21 million is for punitive damages. I’m not a lawyer but from my LIMITED legal education, the point of punitive damages is to deter this behavior in the future. The question is, is the behavior worth $21 million of deterrance?

      In this case, actually, I think there needs to be a punitive message. Taking $21 million of taxpayer’s money and giving it to some guy may not be the right way to do it but the whole point is, police officers should have a terrific respect for innocent civilians and have to face serious consequences in these cases.

    • vinhpoo says:

      @Saboth: Isn’t it up to a judge or jury to eventually decided what he “deserves”? By the way, if both your arms, both your legs, and your sight is only worth $2mil to you, I’m sure there are enough sick fucks in the world that they could raise the money if you’re willing to give that up.

  12. ngwoo says:

    He got thrown into a vending machine and then through a glass door by a POLICE OFFICER.

    The officer should be fired and this guy should be awarded a shit-ton of money. Easy as that.

    • lannister80 says:

      @Zeke129: /agree

      Cops need to be held to a much, MUCH higher standard. With great power comes great responsibility, and all that.

    • forgottenpassword says:

      @Zeke129:

      I’d settle for a couple of thousand dollars & a guarentee that this cop is fired & never allowed to be a police officer again. Along with absolutely no pension. This cop is a meanace & has been in trouble before for scuffling with a lawyer at the courthouse.

  13. faintandfuzzies says:

    I don’t recall the story. Did the Wal-Mart greeter touch the officer in any fashion?

    • coren says:

      @faintandfuzzies: Yes, but not in a fashion as to be any threat

      • Traveshamockery says:

        @coren: Uninvited physical contact, especialy restraint, is considered assault in a lot of places.

        /not that I’m defending this douchebag cop, I’m just saying.

        • CharlieInSeattle says:

          @InfiniTrent: That is true, however there is still such thing as excessive force in those same states. To not be excessive force, the guy would have had to take a swing at the officer, jump on him etc. A brush of the hand didn’t deserve the response. A “You do not have a right to touch me” should have been sufficient, and if it escalated then kick his ass.

  14. EchoZulu says:

    @ Patrick Henry- Just a little info for you. It was proved in court that the manager of that particular McDonald’s(I assume this is the coffee on the lap instance you are referring to) knowingly kept the coffee near boiling temperatures to keep the senior customers from drinking the coffee so fast. That store was giving free coffee to seniors and McDonald’s wanted to save the $.75 it costs for a cup of coffee. That lady then had to have skin grafts on her vagina from the burns. Next time think about your grandmother getting vaginal reconstruction before mentioning this story.

  15. Nothing Can Kill the Grimace... says:

    Has the story changed? Originally it was the intervening customer that was thrown through the glass, not the greeter (who was only pushed into the vending machine). Change in the story or confusing use of pronoun?

  16. Anonymous says:

    The old guy was pushed to the ground. Another customer was shoved through the glass and, while cut up, notice *he* isn’t suing. From the original article:

    “A police report says a customer then told Det. Freeman, “You can’t push down an old man” and began struggling with him. It says Det. Freeman then shoved that man, Gholom Ghassedi, through a glass door”

  17. microcars says:

    hell, I’d sue too if it meant I could settle and get some money and not have to be frickin Wal*Mart greeter anymore!

  18. ChibaCityCowboy says:

    After the police deptment did not fire the officer in question , nor did they file criminal charges on him, I hope the guy gets every last cent of the 21 million. Maybe if a few more police dept’s got sued like this, they would quit hiring poeple who are barely qualified to be bouncers in redneck bars.

    Of course if the greeter would have downloaded a song w/o paying for it, you’d have people on here screaming about how he stole something and they would have no problem with the music company suing the man claiming the song is worth the national debt of a small 3rd world country once it was torrented.

    • econobiker says:

      @ChibaCityCowboy: The man could file a criminal complaint against the officer though. Civil complaints are less burden of proof.

      • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

        @econobiker:

        The man could file a criminal complaint against the officer though. Civil complaints are less burden of proof.

        From another article: Collegedale Police declined to bring charges, then the employee, Bill Walker, filled out a complaint himself. Collegedale Judge Kevin Wilson has reviewed the complaint and did not issue an assault charge.

        The uniformed cop who arrived on the scene declined to arrest his cop buddy or file a criminal complaint despite witnesses describing the assault. So the victim filed a criminal complaint, which was reviewed by a local judge, who also “declined to issue an assault charge.”

        Sounds to me like the exact right circumstances to file a megamillions civil suit.

        • Corporate_guy says:

          @TinyBug: So you are in favor of receipt checkers having power over you via million dollar civil suits? If this person wins, any receipt checker that grabs a customer then gets pushed could sue and win. This website is called the consumerist, not the corporatist.

          • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

            @Corporate_guy:

            So you are in favor of receipt checkers having power over you via million dollar civil suits?

            My condemnation of the cops abusive and illegal behavior says nothing about my attitude towards receipt checks. If you check my commenting history here you’ll see that I am a passionate defender of people right to ignore receipt checks. I despise the practice, and routinely disregard them. That doesn’t change the fact that this cop went too far.

            If this person wins, any receipt checker that grabs a customer then gets pushed could sue and win.

            Well, you see – that’s the thing. He didn’t grab the customer. Touching someone on the shoulder to get their attention is not assault. And shoving someone so hard that they loses consciousness and crap their pants is not the appropriate response to being annoyed.

            He didn’t do anything to legitimately provoke the assault. In this case he does deserve to sue and win.

            And so does ANY receipt checker who is assaulted in response to his annoying but perfectly legal behavior.

          • ChibaCityCowboy says:

            @Corporate_guy: Actually I’m for the laws being enforced EQUALLY, which means the police and everyone else all answer to the same laws.

            If he didn’t sue , it would mean a police officer can ignore his job to go shopping and then beat the crap out of someone while he’s there,and the whole thing will be swept aside by his fellow officers and judges.

            Yes, it is annoying to get searched at WalMart but I’ve never beaten the door greeter up over it.

            • Corporate_guy says:

              @ChibaCityCowboy: Cop was touched first and a customer tried to attack him. I am sorry but the cop is in the right. But regardless of the force level. At it’s core this is a case where a receipt checker was pushed after touching someone trying to stop them to make them show a receipt. If this person wins, the stores win. If you resist a checker in any way you can be sued.

              • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

                @Corporate_guy:

                Cop was touched first and a customer tried to attack him.

                Touching someone to get their attention is not assault, and does not justify assault and battery in response. And the customer who tried to “attack” him did so only after he slammed a 71 year old man into a Coke machine so hard the guy lost consciousness and crapped his pants, but before he ever identified himself as a police officer.

                I am sorry but the cop is in the right.

                The Internal Affairs department that investigated the incident criminal behavior disagrees with you:

                Conduct Unbecoming: Sustained
                Excessive Force: Sustained
                Improper Procedure/UOF: Sustained

  19. baristabrawl says:

    I never feel bad for anything that happens to anyone at Wal-Mart. Seriously? Don’t shop there. Does Target ask for receipts? No. Meijer? No.

    21 million? WTF? Did he break a hip? He’s 71…isn’t he about at the end of his life expectancy? I’m not trying to be rude, but for the love of all that’s Holy, $21 million dollars?

    • Dyscord says:

      @baristabrawl:

      He won’t get the full amount, probably just a settlement. That’s how it works in the country.

      And some Walmarts check receipts, not all. None of the Wal-marts I’ve been to check them. The only time they do that is when the alarm goes off.

      And believe it or not, some people don’t have any other choices but Wal-Mart. Plus there’s a chance that they, like me, have had nothing but good experiences there.

      And there’s the fact that he got THROWN through a door by a Police Officer. To everyone who’s complaining about the high amount, you know as well as I do that if it happened to you, you would be doing the same thing.

      • larrymac808 says:

        @Dyscord: 1) The alarm did go off. 2) It was another customer who go thrown through the door.

      • Corporate_guy says:

        @Dyscord: It would never happen to anyone on here, because no one on here would be stupid enough to grab some stranger in a sad attempt at checking a receipt that the person just god 5 seconds ago when it was checked by the cashier.

    • CharlieInSeattle says:

      @baristabrawl:
      The WalMart where I live doesn’t ask for receipts, so receipt checking doesn’t seem to be a walmart universal thing.

    • Pigmann says:

      @baristabrawl: Of all the craptastick things that I had to get accustomed to when I moved from the North to the South, losing Meijer was probably the worst.

  20. coren says:

    He probably won’t get 21 million. These things usually get settled for some undisclosed amount, and the dude should be compensated, especially after the officer seemed to be getting away with it (although now he’s getting at least some punishment)

    • Corporate_guy says:

      @coren: So do you feel a receipt checker is allowed to grab you? And if a receipt checker does grab you, you must submit under fear of a civil suit? It’s also only a matter of time until stores figure our a way to also sue you for “hurting” their employee.

      We may have lost our rights today.

      • Anonymous says:

        @Corporate_guy: Ugh. So a proper response to a 71 year old man trying to stop you for setting an alarm off is to throw him down? I would say that people like yourself, who defend ridiculous abuse by police officers, is what is leading to our loss of rights. We all have a choice in where we shop. if you don’t like having your receipt checked, don’t shop at that store

  21. baristabrawl says:

    Also? it’s TN. Drive around it.

    • econobiker says:

      @baristabrawl: East to West is difficult, North to South is easy.

      Collegedale should have nicer people in it as it is close to the HQ for and the college of SOUTHERN ADVENTIST U.

  22. JulesWinnfield says:

    Only young plaintiffs with severe brain damage and a long life expectancy get $21 million. This thing will probably settle for $10,000.

    Now if that cop had been an NFL player, you wouldn’t have heard another word about this and the cop would now have a bodyguard

  23. MikeGrenade says:

    Evidence continues to mount in support of old Billy’s solution.

  24. Blueskylaw says:

    How did he come up with $21 million? Why not a nice round number like $20 million. I guess the million is just an extra poke in the eye.

  25. your new nemesis says:

    Come on, $21 mil? For an assault. Fire the cop, make him work as a walmart greeter, and pay for the mans hospital plus a little extra for the trouble. Out of the cops pocket. And grow up a little, many people get assaulted and beat up without demanding ridiculous payment. And pay for the window, and the vending machine. if the PD has to pay for this, it’s going to come in the form of less cops and reduced help time to the people who need it.

  26. JohnDeere says:

    walmart just needs to stop harassing its paying customers.

  27. ThickSkinned says:

    And the lesson here is, if your employer asks you to treat every customer like a criminal, think about finding another job.

  28. William Gu says:

    Wal-Mart needs to get rid of that dumb checker. It’s legal for someone to refuse the greeter and they don’t even do anything. One of them had the audacity to accuse my dad of stealing a BIG PLASTIC BIN because she was too stupid to locate it on the receipt. The alarm didn’t go off and we have no reason to steal. Absolutely pathetic. The manager called me to apologize since she was being a B. Seriously, how do you steal a clear plastic three drawer bin? Idiots.

    /end rant.

  29. tailstoo says:

    I plan to fund my retirement by getting into a spot similar to this. It’s much more profitable than investing in the market or actually trying to save money.

  30. JohnDeere says:

    cop should have just slapped the cuffs on him and took him to jail for assault. he wouldnt be grabbing at people for reciepts then.

  31. RazFandango says:

    $21 million is an unrealistic number. He won’t get even half that.

  32. Snarkysnake says:

    Injuries sustained in the attack – $145,000

  33. Anonymous says:

    My first reaction to this was, “not another one” as I feel people sue for stupid reasons too much. However, after thinking about it I have to say I can’t begin to imagine how this man feels. I worked this summer at a job equivalent to a Walmart greeter. I had a man twice my size get mad at me because I asked him for his ticket. (I was a ride operator at a theme park where tickets where used to show you paid to ride) It was standard procedure yet the man threatened me while calling me every name in the book. To be honest, that really upset me and there are quite a few sleepless nights due to it even half a year later.

  34. Snarkysnake says:

    OOPS ! Hit submit too soon.

    Should have read:

    Injuries sustained in the attack – $145,000
    Counseling – $15,000
    Attorney Fees $11 Million
    Recovery for Punitive Damages- $9,850,000

    Giving a bully cop a taste of his own medicine – Priceless.

  35. Knippschild says:

    Getting thrown into a vending machine while doing your job sucks. and probably hurt.

    But I don’t think it was traumatic enough to cause “trouble sleeping at night” and invoke “flashbacks.” Sounds like embellishing in attempt to get sympathy.

    Too much embellishing might just ruin this guy’s case.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      @Knippschild: I would imagine it’s physical pain that’s keeping him up at night.

    • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg says:

      @Knippschild:

      Getting thrown into a vending machine while doing your job sucks. and probably hurt.
      But I don’t think it was traumatic enough to cause “trouble sleeping at night” and invoke “flashbacks.” Sounds like embellishing in attempt to get sympathy.

      That’s certainly possible. But we’ve got a 5’4″, 71 year old guy who gets shoved 5-6 feet into a vending machine by a cop who is at least 6 feet tall and outweighs him by a hundred pounds, easily (see video, here). Maybe a twenty year old would have fully recovered, but I’m not the least bit surprised that a 71 year old might still be having physical pain from the incident, seeing as he was shoved so hard that he lost consciousness and urinated and defecated his pants

      So yeah, there may be some exaggeration, but it’s not hard to believe that the guy has trouble sleeping or nightmares, especially since the vicious thug that did this to him is STILL A COP

  36. Pixelantes Anonymous says:

    $21M?

    Come’on now. Get on with the program. Everyone else is asking for billions these days.

  37. WeAre138 says:

    I wish this cop would come and visit our Fry’s in Vegas and toss the receipt checkers through the glass door. I’d do it myself, but I’m kind of a small guy. And I don’t like prison.

  38. TheGuinnessTooth says:

    The only reason he can’t sleep at night is because he’s been up every night trying to find a way to spin this thing into a cash windfall.

    “Greatest Generation” my ass. This guy is just as bad as the baby boomers that ruined America. He didn’t deserve to be thrown though a window anymore than he deserves to be allowed to file such a frivolous suit.

  39. PeteyNice says:

    I have full sympathy for the cop. You ask to see someones receipt you deserve to get smacked around or thrown through a window. Maybe you will think twice about doing it next time.

  40. Farquar says:

    Everyone needs to relax. The only reason the guy has 21 million is to get publicity. (which is working, btw) He does not expect to get 21 million, nor does his lawyer. Chill out.

    Some states have wised up and don’t let you state an amount. In NC if you are claiming large damages your claim may only state you claim “damages in excess of $10,000.00″ If you try putting any amount larger than $10,000.00 on the complaint your complaint will be kicked out of the system.

  41. Ben_Q2 says:

    Do not forget to add Wal-mart to the claim. They put you in a job knowing you could get hurt, without telling you.

  42. vladthepaler says:

    If the cop had beaten the Walmart greeter to death, i could understand seeking such a high amount, though I would still call it excessive. For a shove, $21 might be fair.

  43. Bahnburner says:

    He’s simply making the taxpayers pay for the conduct of police officer, whom the department won’t punish appropriately. That officer’s conduct would have landed any one of us a year in prison had the roles been reversed. Why should the bar be so much lower for Public Safety Officers?

  44. ~Ian~ says:

    wow 21 million …… I’ve officially lost all sympathy I had before …. greed is a very ugly thing.

    Suing is fine but please have the common sense to pick a rational number to sue for.

  45. Coopon says:

    You Tube interview with the greeter which includes the video of the incident.

    If a cop did that to me and he wasn’t fired and charged I’d sue also. Bet the next person that officer assaults will sue as well.

  46. valarmorghulis says:

    You know, people these days are suing for the wrong damn stuff. In this instance, I would feel it is appropriate for the greeter to sue for costs related to fixing the damage caused (both to the greeter and the store). If the officer was in uniform and on-duty, then I would also sue the department for the prohibition of any and all departmental pay increases except those for position changes. If he was in street clothes, off duty, and did not identify himself as an officer, he’s just another person being an asshole.

    In my opinion though, if he said he was a cop, was wearing a uniform, or was on-duty it wasn’t an individual who assaulted the greeter, it was the department itself that did so.

  47. Charles Mousseau says:

    As JulesWinnfield alluded to — but I believe it merits its own post — we all know that “amount you sue for” is a substantial multiple greater than “amount you hope to win”, yes?

    In other words, if the victim’s actual expenses are $X, he better sue for $(500 * X). If he sued for the actual amount of his medical expenses, he’d get $14.13, a free day-old burrito at the nearest 7-11, and whatever happened to be in the prosecuting attorney’s right shoe at the time.

    Call it the “Coefficient of Lawsuit Frivilosity Overcompensation” or whatever, bottom line is — the system forces people to make these ridiculous claims if they want anything reasonably close to fair.

  48. Tiki McTikatron says:

    Are there any attorneys on here that could give their 2 cents? I would be interested in their opinion because of the fact that when you file a lawsuit like this, wouldn’t you need to include in the damages enough to cover your attorney’s fees (and they make a lot more than a receipt checker at Walmart)? And wouldn’t based on those fees that you would have to figure out the projected (worst case scenario) amount of time it would take to litigate a case like this? I’m wondering if that is why people file suit for such large amounts but ultimately, probably don’t that amount.

    • mythago says:

      @Tiki McTikatron: IAAL. The linked story doesn’t say anything about how the damages requested break down. Given the large amount, I am guessing that most of that seeks punitive damages.

      In any lawsuit, you have to prove your damages. You can’t simply say “I had $10 million in medical bills, no you aren’t allowed to look at them.” Punitive damages are a little different because they are supposed to punish really outrageous conduct.

  49. WorldHarmony says:

    I have no sympathy for people who try to take advantage of situations to make a profit. I’m sorry he was victimized by the cop, but I have lost respect for him now.

  50. Corporate_guy says:

    Well thanks for supporting the checker. You may have just turned receipt checkers into police officers via the fear of civil suits. If the chcker wins, customers will now be financially liable if you respond in any way besides submission when a receipt checkers touches you.

    Thanks for siding with the checker just because it was an old person and not a 20 something guy. You have just given up your rights by siding with an old person for being old.

    • mythago says:

      @sega8800: If your mom was disabled at work, she got compensated through workmen’s compensation, which is very different from a regular lawsuit. The whole point of WC is that you can’t sue your employer the way you sue everybody else. Less legal hoops to jump through but much smaller compensation.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      @Corporate_guy: I think your slippery slope is actually a cliff.

    • Anonymous says:

      @Corporate_guy: Well thanks for supporting the police officer. You may have just turned police officers into professional wrestlers via the fear of old men. If the officer wins, customers will now be able to throw anyone through a glass door if you approach anyone in any way besides submission when a theft deterrent alarm goes off.

      Thanks for siding with the police officer just because it was a cop and not a 20 something guy. You have just given up your rights by siding with an police officer for being being a cop.

    • supercereal says:

      @Corporate_guy: Paranoid much? For goodness sake, someone tapping someone on the shoulder is not assault, and shouldn’t be reacted to as such.

      • Corporate_guy says:

        @supercereal: Grabbing someone’s shoulder may not be assault, but neither is resisting the grab. The only reason the receipt checker fell was because he was old. That is the problem here. Had it been a 20 something, the push would have just been a push and the customer would have kept walking. But instead it was an old man who fell so another guy fought the customer and the customer threw him through a glass door.

        I think it’s bullshit when a person using a level of force is labeled a vicious attacker because the recipient was old. If you are old and weak, you shouldn’t be touching random people. They have a right to force you away, because you don’t have a right to touch them.

        It’s sad that everyone is siding with an evil receipt checker just because he is old and as a result fell over. And then this guy is supposed to be punished more because his occupation is police officer. Despite the fact that he was not on duty nor acting as an officer in any way. I hope the customer sues Walmart for having receipt checkers that touch people and therefore start fights.

        What really makes this messed up is that if an employee grabs a shop lifter, they are fired automatically. But if they touch a paying customer and start a fight, they are the victim and have the right to sue the customer.

        • supercereal says:

          @Corporate_guy: If someone touches you, as in this case (not grabs you, not hits you, but merely touches you), a “reasonable amount of force” to retaliate with is not pushing them down and throwing someone else through a glass door. By your logic I should be able to shoot someone in the face, with no repercussions, because they tapped me on the shoulder. Self defense (not that it was necessary in this case, anyway…) protect the right to reasonable force to protect one’s self. Plain and simple, the cop did not respond in a reasonable, or even logical, way.

          Hell, I’m a twenty-something and I fall all the time. Old people are not the only ones who can lose their balance, especially when pushed. Someone is not “evil” as you put it just for tapping you on the shoulder, nor is that act a legitimate instigation for a fight.

          Live in a bubble if the world around you intimidates and scares you so much.

          • mythago says:

            @Corporate-Shill: If we had an actual link to the complaint we could tell why they picked $21 million. My guess is that most of it’s punitives.

          • Corporate_guy says:

            @supercereal: The employee is evil just like all receipt checkers. And you talk about reasonable force. This customer used it. You outlined my point. You are saying his force is unreasonable because the guy is old and falls over easy. He weighs probably 130ish+(haven’t seen a picture of him), any force that would push him away is easily going to knock him down. You are trying to redefine the definition of reasonable force because of the weakness of the attacker. And most importantly you are trying to label it a crime because the attacker fell over. That is not how it works.

            It’s simple, grabbing someone while telling him to stop is going to get you at the very least a push. More if you are persistent. We know the motive of the attacker, he was trying to get the customer to stop. So don’t say he just tapped him. He put his hands on the customer while telling the customer to stop. That is attempted detainment. A push is very reasonable.

            Just wait, if this lawsuit succeeds every store employee involved in an incident like this in the past is going to sue the customer. Why wouldn’t they? They deserve the same exceptions being granted to the old guy pushed by a cop. That is why it’s dangerous to decide the law based on gender, age, the job of the victim, etc. If you ignore the law in a case with an old guy then all the non-old guy are going to exploit the same break in law.

            Please stop defending the right of stores to detain customers.

  51. cametall says:

    Good for him.

    I’d sue the cop’s dog too.

  52. sega8800 says:

    got attacked by government, not dead, you are in luck, come get your pay check. surely, he deserve some type of compensation, however, did he lost the ability to work? how bad was he hurt? is he disabled? my mom was disabled at her work and she only got like 30k. and she can’t work now. guess that’s the difference between private insurance company vs government.

  53. TrueBlue63 says:

    How is the Police Dept responsible for the actions of a member, not performing his duties as a policeman.

    This is some crazy stuff. I feel for the citizens of Chattanooga that will have to pay for this non-sense.

  54. admiral_stabbin says:

    When a police officer can go on a roid rage rampage on xmas eve…and not have any criminal charges pressed against him…then I think it’s time to litigate.

    As for the amount…$21M ain’t what it used to be. ;-)

  55. Plates says:

    Great, this scumbag is going the old frivolous lawsuit route. This is really disgusting. If anyone should be sued it is Wal-Mart. If they didn’t have such a stupid policy, he would have gotten hurt.

  56. donovanr says:

    I believe that I called this flurg a loser in an earlier post. Then people jumped on me. This guy is a loser. The whole just following orders thing is sick. He unlawfully got into the cop’s face and the cop took him down. I ask again: If someone stole some money from me once, do I have the right to start stopping people on the sidewalk and demanding to check their wallets for my money? I don’t think so. Unless the store has evidence (not a suspicion) that you have stolen something they have zero right to do anything about your leaving.

  57. razremytuxbuddy says:

    A police officer shoves an elderly store employee into a vending machine and through a glass door; eventually gets some time off but doesn’t get prosecuted and keeps his job??? A $21 million lawsuit sounds like a good place to start. Any less than $21mm probably wouldn’t get the attention of the brain dead officials who should have dealt with the officer and the victim properly in the first place.

    Throwing an elderly person into a vending machine is potentially deadly. Tossing ANYONE through a glass door is potentially deadly.

  58. ChibaCityCowboy says:

    Just to add a bit , I think the guy should be given a large settlement BUT I think in turn, the CITY should sue the police officer for his conduct and force him to pay as much as possible back.

  59. savdavid says:

    $21 million? For what, embarrassment? I wondered if this was his game plan when I saw him on TV smiling to the reporters. I could see medical bills being paid for his “injuries” but this is just plain greed. For that kind of money the cop should have broke both legs and arms and neck.

  60. Omar Elizondo says:

    Why is everyone complaining. This guy got assaulted at a Wal Mart. That means it’s the probably the cheapest glass door and vending machine he’ll find anywhere. Except online of course.

  61. kyle4 says:

    According to the Chatanooga (sp?) article the officer was involved in a scuffle with a lawyer in 2007. He obviously has a history of this. Even more disappointing is the fact that the Judge just let it slide while this Officer assaulted two people. Hurray for the police, I hope this man gets his money.

  62. jake.valentine says:

    Once the store accepts your money for the merchandise than it transfers to your ownership. You do NOT have to stop for any receipt checkers if you choose not to.

    With that being said, I would never use force unless someone actually put their hands on me. Sometimes I’ll tell them to have a good day and smile as I walk by. Just keep walking by them and they ignore you the vast majority of the time. The only exception is a place like Costco where you have basically accepted their terms when you pay for a membership. Even then they can’t touch you, but they can discontinue your membership.

  63. Corporate-Shill says:

    Some sleaze-bag lawyer evaluated the case and multiplied the claim by a factor of 200, 300 or whatever to arrive at $21 million.

    Offer 1/200th (or whatever) of the $21 million amount and this lawsuit will disappear.

  64. Meathamper says:

    The Incredible Sulk?

  65. bobhope2112 says:

    Getting rich the American way: suing! Whenever you … spill hot coffee on your lap …

    I understand what you’re saying, but its unfortunate that the McDonald’s coffee in the crotch lady is remembered in this category. I was a massive judgement, but not without reason. Although it’s often estimated that McDonald’s was held responsible for the plaintiff’s clumsiness, the reality is that they were punished for repeatedly serving incredibly hot (180F) coffee in spite of clear warnings that it was seriously injuring people.

    The plaintiff, at the time of the suit, was asking for $20K to cover her existing $11K in medical bills. After being rebuffed by an $800 offer from McD’s, she sued for $90. McDonald’s was held to be 80% liable; the plaintiff, 20%. The massive judgement she ultimately was awarded (and saw drastically scaled back) represented the (national?) coffee sales for 1 day. A sort of punitive poetic justice.

  66. bobhope2112 says:

    Oops, that should be $90K.

  67. Aaron McClellan says:

    I have some modicum of sympathy for the old guy, he was just doing his job, however if he wants to sue all that goes out the window. He should press assault charges, yes, that police officer is criminally liable for what he allegedly did. The fact that no charges were pressed makes me not give one god damn because this old guy decided ‘shit I missed a golden opportunity.’ If it wasn’t like 2 months after the fact, fine, but it’s February. Tough luck, you didn’t handle the situation.

  68. ageshin says:

    I’m all for the suit. The only way you are going to get the police dept to insist on making sure their officers act in a reasonable manner is to hit them where it hurts the most, in the wallet.

  69. Anonymous says:

    I saw this on “yelp”. $21 million is unrealistic. The police are building up a large file for reasons, that every police force needs to be “re-built”. Police officers should be forced to go through therapy and anger/control mgt.

  70. Ronald D. Ivy says:

    I really think that the cop should have had some jail time. Oh, but they wouldn’t put him in jail, now would they? He really should serve some time from this. I don’t care who he is. He is not above the law.

  71. egoods says:

    To all the comments of people who think he’ll actually get $21 million, you’re crazy, it won’t go to court, it will get settled, for maybe 2 million. If it does go to court I don’t see any judge granting it for $21 million. He’s aiming high so he gets high, and I can’t say I blame him, I’d sue if a dick cop did that to me.

  72. Gridneo says:

    WTB Tort Reform. Comeon. I hope the officer in this case gets sued for everything. The amount is ridiculous, but it’s just enough that–if I were this officer, and I’d been found liable–I’d go back to Walmart and literally shoot this dude in the face. Basically I’d accept a lifetime jail sentence for that. Seriously.

  73. skotty4 says:

    “DISTURBING THE PEACE?? I got thrown through a window! What’s the f-king charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? JAYWALKING??”

  74. flyromeo3 says:

    wow,..a lot of morons out here today.

    He wont get 21 mil for sure. Since the cop was on duty, the city will end up forking the bill.

    jesus we have a bunch of dumb americans

  75. Craysh says:

    So who is he suing? Walmart or the cop?

  76. Tonguetied says:

    You ask for the moon, you settle for the top floor of the hotel. It’s as simple as that. No way is he expecting to get $21M. But if he asked for $25K, he’d be offered $25. Plus remember that his lawyer is going to get 40% of it after court costs…

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  77. Joseph Sturgeon says:

    In the town I live in they recently fired several officers for offenses ranging from “posing for facebook pictures in uniform” to “drinking alcohol at a private party”… but in Chattanooga a cop can throw someone into a vending machine and then through a glass door… and they get SUSPENDED?

    Ooooh.

  78. Bs Baldwin says:

    21 million is a bit much, but it will be taken down to a level below 1 mil; the high numbers just keep the settlement amount from dropping to $10.

    The officer should be fired for shopping ON-DUTY. For the love of christ can’t common sense get through their heads? They all have Bobby Hill haircuts.

    For an old man of 71, I think getting shoved into a vending machine for doing his job will keep him up at night.

    And why is it saying he allegedly shoved the guy? The eye witnesses and CCTV isn’t enough.

  79. MKEgal says:

    An awfully expensive penalty to pay for something we’d all like to do once in a while.