Customer Punches Elderly Walmart Greeter In The Face

It seems that a Pennsylvania man really, really didn’t want to show his receipt at Walmart. So, allegedly, he punched the 72-year-old greeter in the face. Now, the greeter is severely injured and hospitalized, with half of the bones in his face broken.

Police are investigating a report that Jenkins [the greeter] may have asked Washington [the customer] to show his receipt when he left the store earlier this week. Washington told police Jenkins bumped into him, police said.

“He just cold cocked him. He went up there, and there was no, ‘Hey, you.’ He just went up and whacked him,” said North Versailles police Chief James Comunale.

Police said Washington calmly walked away, leaving Jenkins on the ground as if nothing ever happened.

What motive the man may have had for the attack–other than avoiding a receipt check–is unknown.

Sister Talks After Brother, 72, Punched In Face At Walmart [WPXI]

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  1. StanTheManDean says:

    It is jail time for the ex-customer.

    • floraposte says:

      Agreed. Though it’s quite possible that it may not be the individual’s first time there. This wasn’t a ramp-up, this was an unprovoked assault.

      • Coyote says:

        I think it more than just possible. I’d give 20/1 odds hes got a rap sheet a mile long.

        This is the exact thing that is happening with our criminal system. A woman is caught taping her family in a theater, she may get 2 years in a federal prison among tons of fines and legal fees. This guy who punches elderly people in the face like it was nothing will be out in 6 months and have a state appointed attorney that costs not him but us the tax payers.

  2. CompyPaq says:

    This happend with a student from my school last year. He was stealing condoms from Walmart, and shoved the 70-some-odd-year-old greeter to the floor.

    • craptastico says:

      that’s ridiculous. would it really be so hard just to run away from the old guy?

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Why? When I used to buy condoms, I proudly walked up to the counter and bought them. Hell, I even paid a premium and would buy them at the grocery store me and my now Ex worked at. It showed that I know how to get biz-zay. Sadly, I just watch commercials now and take notes for future hopeful purchases.

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        I did that for a while as a teen and just wound up having a huge collections of expired condoms. They were rather useful in making the biggest baddest waterballoons in town, however, and conveniently shaped so that they may contain some percentage of urine if I was in a particularly bad mood that day.

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

        When buying condoms, Groomzilla used to make a point of saying in a loud voice, “I really wish you guys would start carrying these in XL sizes, these ones are always too tight.” He either got laughs or people would slowly start edging away from him, LOL.

      • AlphaLackey says:

        Most fun I ever had was procuring condoms, as I also bought a large bottle of gatorade and an issue of Maxim. Clerk looked at the three items, looked up at me and said “really?” It was hard to keep a straight face.

      • Skankingmike says:

        For people not familiar with Philly’s South street.

        I used to know everybody who worked at Comdom Kingdom. And I would buy my imported Japenese rubbers there as well as anything else that was sex oriented.

        What’s there to be embarrsed about with sex? I think it was more embarrsing not having it than having it.

      • NewsMuncher says:

        That’s because you are a dude. It’s not like that for us girls. Girls aren’t supposed to have sex. We are to die pristine virgins unless we get a ring first. Otherwise you are labeled things that would be considered obscene on a website like this. Besides, as a woman, I think it makes no sense for a girl to advertise by buying the Magnum sized Trojans; it just means that Stewie Griffin could ask you about hotdogs and hallways.
        I did appreciate seeing a blurb in Men’s Health one day about They Fit Condoms, which come in something like 50 different sizes.
        I think size goes both ways, and if the condom is the wrong size it hurts like hell when it snaps, and really hurts like hell when the baby comes.

    • CheritaChen says:

      Any jerk who is so embarrassed he can’t pay for condoms is too immature to be sticking his dick in anything, anyway. You failed to mention whether anything happened to the kid for his assault. Did the store charge him?

      • Shadowman615 says:

        There’s also the possibility he didn’t have the money. I know I often had trouble scraping a few bucks together when I was a teenager. I’m not saying that makes it OK, just thinking of another possibility.

        • AnthonyC says:

          Any student (college, certainly, though near most high schools too) who can’t find a place giving out free condoms hasn’t looked very carefully.

          So I’m guessing embarrassment or lack of good search and planning skills are a bigger factor in that example than lack of money.

        • Kitamura says:

          Some university health clinics actually give out the things for free. No money isn’t much of an excuse when so many organizations will give them out for free if you ask.

    • winstonthorne says:

      At least the student wound up buying said condoms and therefore has not likely reproduced.

    • Wolfbird says:

      I wouldn’t have punched or shoved anyone over such a thing, but I was young once and remember that buying rubbers was demonized if you didn’t look like you were 18. I felt cornered a lot, too. Salespeople would give you dirty looks or joke about it (“Aren’t you a little young for this sort of thing?”). It’s bad enough to be embarrassed to begin with (I’m a girl, and therefor had absolutely horrible self-esteem at that age), but giving a 15 year old flak for trying to be responsible just encourages us to shoplift the darn things.

      I don’t know the age/gender of said student in question, so I reserve judgement. Stealing isn’t right, but then neither is trying to push your weird anti-premartial sex ideals on modern teenagers.

      • shufflemoomin says:

        Wow, It’s exactly those issues that cause the UK to provide free condoms to anyone who wants them. I can’t believe any country would make their youths go through such things at that age.

    • cmdr.sass says:

      oh no, what did he do with the condoms once he got the guy on the floor? eek!

  3. Mary13134 says:

    In my opinion Walmart has no business posting these elderly people at the doors of the stores. They should be used elsewhere in the store a more safer place than at the point where you know darn well there is 100% chance there will be an altercation. You can bet this poor man will get NOTHING out of Wally World for these injuries.

    I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope they hang this jerk by his nads…. How sad. Bet this guy was stealing and guess who will pay. You and me.

    • FatLynn says:

      You have a point about Wal-Mart not properly thinking through the consequences.

      However, this is worker’s comp. Wal-Mart (or rather, its insurance company) will most definitely be paying for these injuries.

    • madanthony says:

      Supposedly the reason Wal-Mart uses elderly people for greeters is that they had experimented and found people were less likely to shoplift when the greeter was an elderly person.

      The other thing is that greeter is, at least if you aren’t chasing a shoplifter, one of the less demanding jobs in terms of skills and physical activity – they aren’t going to hire an elderly person to move around giant boxes in the stockroom.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Well, just because people have punched other people at stores, doesn’t make it a hostile work environment. One should argue that we shouldn’t let elderly people be bank tellers because the bank might get held up, and the robbers would go right up to the elderly person. I mean, there has to be some limits here. Wal-Mart isn’t unsafe for the elderly. The old man could have been a hot dog vendor, or a ticket checker at a movie theater.

    • morlo says:

      I agree. Using elderly bouncers is criminal. Maybe they were trying some sort of reverse psychology, but they would be better off with young girls

    • kexline says:

      It’s a shame, because the ancient greeters are one of the only nice things about the Wal-Mark.

      Seconded to the part about hanging Washington by his nads, though.

    • soj4life says:

      And you will complain next holiday season when the 72 year old cashier is taking too long to ring up your black friday special tv.

      Being a greeter is a good job for them to do, and you only hear about one of these stories once in a blue moon.

  4. Awjvail says:

    Why the hell do they still have Greeters, anyway?

    I doubt they really help all that much, and any positives they have about them is automatically negated by the fact that they are constantly getting assaulted… hardly anybody else has greeters anymore.. get with the times, Wally.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      EMTs get assaulted sometimes when they show up to a scene, and the people are criminals who know if they get taken to the hospital, they’ll be arrested. Does this mean we shouldn’t have EMTs?

      A lot of elderly people retire, and they find that they have nothing to do. Some of them volunteer, some of them supplement social security with part-time jobs. Since not a lot of people will hire the elderly, a lot of them turn to being greeters at Wal-Mart. Personal feelings about Wal-Mart aside, i don’t blame anyone who wanting a job, and the greeters at the Wal-Marts I have been to have been very kind and cheerful. Most of them are elderly. It may not benefit the customer as much as it benefits the elderly, who – even if it’s not up to your standards – can have something to do in retirement. It has been suggested that work, whether paid or volunteer, can boost the health of retirees and keep them fit.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      EMTs get assaulted sometimes when they show up to a scene, and the people are criminals who know if they get taken to the hospital, they’ll be arrested. Does this mean we shouldn’t have EMTs?

      A lot of elderly people retire, and they find that they have nothing to do. Some of them volunteer, some of them supplement social security with part-time jobs. Since not a lot of people will hire the elderly, a lot of them turn to being greeters at Wal-Mart. Personal feelings about Wal-Mart aside, i don’t blame anyone who wanting a job, and the greeters at the Wal-Marts I have been to have been very kind and cheerful. Most of them are elderly. It may not benefit the customer as much as it benefits the elderly, who – even if it’s not up to your standards – can have something to do in retirement. It has been suggested that work, whether paid or volunteer, can boost the health of retirees and keep them fit.

      • bhr says:

        My local Walmart has Fred. Fred is about 35 and mentally challenged. But every time I see him by the front door he gives me a wonderfully happy hello, offers me the current flier and comments on the weather. Fred deserves a job, does it wonderfully, and increases my likelyhood of returning.

      • Corinthos says:

        I accidentally punched an EMT in the face. I feel off a roof and got impaled by an iron rod. I came too in the ambulance and just seen a face over me trying to hold me down and first instinct was to swing. I still think about how I feel like a prick for that every day. I passed out again from whatever they injected me with shortly after.

    • Dont lump me into your 99%! says:

      Greeters are a long tradition of grocery stores. Actually it started with shopping carts I think (watched a show once). Anyways I cant remember the whole thing about it, but it sounded like greeters are mainly just tradition. Now they get used to keep honest people honest, but I dont think its a bad job for a elderly person. They have them at Meijers, but they dont check receipts because they are at the entrance and not the exit.

      They also play a big part in drying off your carts (well atleast here they do).

    • calquist says:

      With a store as big as Wal-Mart, you definitely need someone at the front. I like to spend as little time in there as possible , so asking the greeter to point me towards the pet stuff or the kitchen section is way handy.

    • Murph1908 says:

      They also serve the purpose of making note on who brings returns into the store. That way, if you walk in empty handed, head back and pick up a blender, and try to ‘return’ it, the greeter can state you didn’t come in with it, and they can check the tape.

    • Naame says:

      Putting aside the opinions regarding whether or not Walmart need greeters, that is hardly the point or a solution to this problem. The problem is that there are people who are actually willing to attack them like this. These people need to believe that if they do something like that then there is no chance in hell they will simply just be able to walk away without enduring any consequences.

    • floraposte says:

      I have no citation whatsoever on this, but I thought I’d read somewhere that there’s a psychological effect from having greeters that results in lowered shoplifting rates.

    • shufflemoomin says:

      They really like this greeter crap. We’ve never had them in the UK, but when Walmart bought over ASDA, they introduced them. It just doesn’t work. All you get is a bewildered member of staff hanging around at the entrance. No receipt checking for us though. Yet…

  5. SnDMommy says:

    I can’t say I always agree with eye-for-an-eye, but I would LOVE to get my hands on this guy and see how he likes it.

    I notice public drunkenness was on his list of charges. Shouldn’t be also be charged with elderly assault?

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      People like this sumbitch don’t like a fair fight. Chances are if confronted by anyone he perceived as able to take him, he’d tuck tail and run. Or verbally backpedal real quick-like.

      Of course, if he was drunk, it’s also just as likely that he’d start something he couldn’t finish, and then it’d be him in the hospital. One can dream, I suppose.

  6. MeCatLikesMeHamSanwich says:

    what kind of a low life would hit an elderly person so brutally. There is no excuse for this type of behavior. Even if the greeter “bumped” into him. I hope he gets jail time for this.

    • Shadowman615 says:

      From the video it didn’t look like the greeter bumped into the guy at all. He was also charged with public drunkenness, so his perception of the events is not convincing.

  7. Smashville says:

    What frightens me is that since there were people who supported suckerpunching a baby, there will be people who support this.

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      I think that was really only one person, who I have not seen around here recently.

    • Trai_Dep says:

      Well, to be fair, babies are sometimes a really big bother. Thankfully, their itty-bitty faces make such a small target that most people give up after the first couple tries.
      /joke

  8. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    What motive the man may have had for the attack–other than avoiding a receipt check–is unknown.

    It is known, you quoted it: Washington told police Jenkins bumped into him

    It had nothing to do with the receipt, he punched him because the greeter accidentally bumped him. It’s like the beginning of the Boondocks episode where Granddad fights the old blind man (without the guns).

    • Shadowman615 says:

      Watch the video in the linked article. The guy is full of it. He was also charged with public drunkenness.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        You’re right. He clearly just walked up and punched the dude. Apparently the motive is that he’s a raging drunken asshole.

        That was a lot of blood too…

    • MyDarlin says:

      And we actually *believe* the criminal here? Come’on! The jerk didn’t have to sucker punch an elderly person regardless.
      The more likely reason as most have stated is that Washington was STEALING and about to get caught.
      We can only hope he gets more than what’s coming to him, the scum-bag!

  9. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Won’t someone please think of the elderly!

    ::Imagine this picture here: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y4wE1e9WkKs/Sbhg_J7NweI/AAAAAAAAABY/3xDX0n7cNu8/s320/740.jpg being displayed::

  10. Esquire99 says:

    People like this simply don’t deserve to live in civilized society. What benefit does this guy actually confer upon society or his local community? Either take him out back and just shoot him, or ship him off to some remote island where he can live with savages like himself. As far as I’m concerned, there are very, very few situations in which violence is necessary or appropriate.

    • Schildkrote says:

      “What benefit does this guy actually confer upon society or his local community?”

      Hard to say, we don’t know anything but that he punched a Wal-Mart greeter.

      • Esquire99 says:

        That’s true; clearly I overstated, but if this is how he acts in public I can’t imagine that he does anything to counter-balance his savage-like actions.

        • Naame says:

          The odds are in favor that he contributes very little, but then again people occasionally do things that they would not normally do for reasons that even they cannot fully explain after they calm down. Maybe this was one of those cases? Maybe not. We will never know.

          The point is that our justice system recognizes such things and many other contributing factors which is why we opt not to simply kill or deport people for most crimes. Punishments vary a lot for many reasons and that’s one really god part about our country because not every place on this planet does that.

          With that said now I can vent. This Washington guy can DIAF for attacking an elderly man like that! lol

    • That's Consumer007 to you says:

      Hey if Ojay can get away with knifing Nicole and Ron (?) at least on the criminal side, no fair shooting this guy just for punching somebody.

      See, that’s what civil suits are for, in OJay’s case and this one too.

    • morlo says:

      Stop paying your taxes. Right now you are paying the CIA to fire missiles from remote controlled planes at elderly people and goats.

    • AlphaLackey says:

      You’re saying an appropriate response for an assault charge is to shoot someone, and then say there are very few cases where violence is warranted?

  11. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Hmmm…Jenkins, eh? Was his first name Leeeeeeeroy?

  12. ekzachtly says:

    I’ve actually been to this Wal-Mart. North Versailles is kind of scary/unsafe to begin with, but still, this is horrifying. Who does this?

    • Terek Kincaid says:

      Ha, I live in southeast Pittsburgh as well, and this is the Wal-Mart I go to. Seeing the kind of lowlifes that shop there, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. I won’t go there after dark. A previous commenter was correct: they shouldn’t put old people by the doors in Walmarts like this. Maybe in Happy Country Town, USA, but not in the ghettos.

    • AlphaLackey says:

      Paul Washington of North Versailles?

  13. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Won’t someone please think of the elderly!

    ::Imagine this picture here: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y4wE1e9WkKs/Sbhg_J7NweI/AAAAAAAAABY/3xDX0n7cNu8/s320/740.jpg being displayed::

  14. Trai_Dep says:

    Why do I get the feeling that one of those people posting spit-flecked invectives against showing receipts at the door (but ignoring the AT&T spying, or the “PATRIOT” Act, ‘natch), decided to kick it up a notch?

  15. Keep talking...I'm listening says:

    All he wanted to do was draw a smiley face on his receipt :(

  16. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    It’s a really slippery slope having elderly people the ones asking for receipts. Many people don’t like receipt checkers, and the elderly is the last group of people you want taking the risk. Not to mention if anyone is stealing items, this is the last person to stop them, so if the thief is panicked, they may harm the checker on the way out.

    Solution, either accuse the person of shoplifting (because they have solid evidence) or leave patrons alone.

    • Trai_Dep says:

      I don’t think “slippery slope” means what you think it means.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I know. First we start with elderly receipt checkers, soon it’ll be babies checking receipts! Think of the children!

        • Trai_Dep says:

          Or, first elderly greeters will be asking to check receipts, then they’ll be giving latex-gloved, forced cavity searches!
          “Oh no, HELL of a time to find out my grandma works at Wal-Mart!”

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      After watching the video I’m not so sure the greeter even asked to see a receipt. The video is of the outside of the store. It looks like Washington had come out of the store and Jenkins was headed in. Jenkins might have just shown up for work and not even said anything to him.

    • Kitamura says:

      Even if it’s a slippery slope, the correct response isn’t to deak the person who asked.

  17. That's Consumer007 to you says:

    I agree the customer was wrong – he should have punched Lee Scott in the face.

  18. SabyneWired says:

    Can I be among the ones to ask just what the hell is wrong with people?

    • P_Smith says:

      Such events wouldn’t happen if stores isolated the doors and checkout lines: You pass the checkout, there’s the exit, and walls on either side between to prevent sneaking out. There’s no longer a need to check the receipt because you couldn’t get out without passing the checkout. The money saved by not hiring a checker would pay for the walls within a year or two.

      In case there are idiots who might deliberately try to misconstrue my comment (e.g. someone with a blue avatar), no, I am not defending or supporting the actions of the moron who assaulted the old man.

  19. justsomeotherguy says:

    This reminds me of what chris rock had to say about hitting a woman. “I dont support hitting a woman, but I understand.” Old man or not I cant stand receipt checkers and would love to see them all in hell taking it in an uncomfortable place. I just politely, or sometimes not so politely, say no and keep walking.

    Assaulting people isnt a good way to maintain your freedom… Now this man will be taking it in an uncomfortable place.

    • Kitamura says:

      Sounds like this person just decided to punch the senior because in his mind, he got bumped into, not because he didn’t want to deal with the receipt check.

    • floraposte says:

      I don’t like receipt checks myself, but I don’t remotely understand assault as a response. It’s not even enough to provoke it, let alone justify it, in anybody safe to travel in civilized society.

    • krista says:

      How can you even be mad at the receipt checker? They are just doing their job. I don’t get asked very often in my area. Sometimes I will show it, and sometimes I won’t, but I am never rude to the guy asking.

  20. nakkypoo says:

    No sympathy on either side. My local Wal✼mart (amidoingitrite) hires retarded persons as greeters. I get it, but… some just don’t want to deal with it. If wallyworld wants to reach out to the community, how about donating a bit more than $6,000 a year? How about not exploiting humans and then calling it humanitarianism.

    • nakkypoo says:

      And, this isn’t to say that Sammy hasn’t made a business that gives jobs to about 2 million people. But I certainly don’t think this is how he envisioned the future. The fact that Walmart isn’t a headline in every paper around the world on a daily basis is a great testament to how well they do for those they choose to work there.

      But please, don’t put people … that are less capable … in the position of handling the unwashed masses of the public. This is asking for trouble.

  21. Thora says:

    This is appalling. That violent jackass should be publicly shot. My father will be 72 in a few months, and if anyone ever did this to him, oh man… I may only be a little 5 foot tall lady but they’d be hurting if I got a hold of them. You just do not do that sort of thing to old people.

    I have never understood why Wal-Mart posts frail old people at the front door, and keep all the burly young guys back in the stockroom. I guess the old people are friendlier greeters or something, but what can they really do when someone is stealing or assaulting them? I have seen elderly door greeters that were so old & fragile that my 6 year old could take then down easily. At one store I frequently shop at, the greeter is an overweight lady in her 60′s in a power chair! They should really put the young bruisers up front to tackle all the thieves. Or at least station a meathead next to the old greeters, kind of like a bodyguard or whatever. If I were that poor old man I would sue the living shit out of Wal-Mart for putting him in harm’s way like that. Maybe they’ll institute new policies on the physical fitness level of door greeters.

    • floraposte says:

      There is a certain amusing irony in saying violent people should be publicly shot.

      Aside from that, I’ll note that employees aren’t supposed to tackle thieves, so a greeter’s inability to do so doesn’t really matter.

    • Esquire99 says:

      Let me help you,

      “You do not so that sort of thing to PEOPLE,” no need do the “old” qualifier

  22. Corporate_guy says:

    Understandable. First this man was not a greeter if he was checking receipts. He was in fact a person accusing everyone who left of theft. On top of that if he physically got in the way of the person leaving,a punch is justified. His injuries are because he is old, that doesn’t make it a crime. He would have had to right to prevent the customer from leaving.

    It’s sad when a site call the consumerist sides with policy that this very site even runs stories criticizing.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Did you even RTFA? The guy was a greeter, not a receipt checker. The entire thing happened OUTSIDE the store. The alleged puncher passed him on the sidewalk, the greeter accidentally bumped into him, and the alleged puncher allegedly punched!

      But aside from that, no, assault is never justified and never the right way of solving these kinds of conflicts. It’s apalling that you are commenting when you didn’t even understand the story itself.

    • GearheadGeek says:

      What? WHAT? Did you watch the video? Even if Mr. Jenkins stood in front of Washington to block his path (which is not clear from the video) this was on a sidewalk that on one side was open to one side to a large crosswalk leading to the parking lot. Jenkins did nothing to restrain or imprison Washington, there is simply no evidence that Washington was in danger even of being inconvenienced, much less detained. It would appear that he had no right to physically assault Jenkins, and if the video turns out to be representative of the facts, I hope Washington suffers both legal and civil penalties for assaulting Jenkins.

    • Piemonkey says:

      Hey, you seem like the kinda guy who’d sell his mother for a quick buck. How’s $5 sound? Good? Deal.

  23. scoosdad says:

    The greeters checking receipts are utterly ineffective.

    Last night as I exited my local Walmart with a few small purchases, I noticed the greeter was checking receipts. At this store, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don’t. I decided to see how easy it was to avoid showing my receipt. So when he smiled and held out his hand to take my receipt, instead of giving it to him, I asked him a question about whether or not I should put my cart with a defective wheel someplace special rather than back in the cart corral. He pointed to a spot off to the side, I thanked him, and left without him seeing my receipt. Social engineering strikes again. It’s nothing more than security theater.

    That being said (Curb reference), there’s no excuse for what happened to this poor guy in the article.

  24. lucky929 says:

    I think there needs to be a “why would you do that?” tag

  25. dolemite says:

    This reminds me of when I was working as a stock boy at Roses Dept Store. They’d regularly send a stock boy with a manager to make bank deposits (effectively acting as a security guard). Well one Saturday myself and the small female manager got into her car and just as we were getting in, a masked guy came up behind us with his hand in a bag and told us to drive. He took us behind another building down the street and hopped out with the money bag and ran. Somehow, asking elderly people to stop people and search their bags, or having teenage stock boys act as security guards strikes me as a lawsuit waiting to happen. I believe I got a $20 gift card out of that deal. Probably should have sued if I weren’t so gullible.

  26. Brazell says:

    When I saw this post I thought to myself, “finally something that we can’t blame Wal*Mart for on the Consumerist.”

    Third comment fail.

  27. detox98 says:

    K…the only thing I can think of that caused this guy to do what he did…is that he thought he was being targeted because of his skin color. They don’t mention his race or ethnicity and there is a possibility she asked for his receipt in such a way that caused him to think that she wasn’t just doing her job…but doing it selectively….that or he was a walking time bomb who needs anger management and she just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  28. zacwax says:

    And it sucks because Walmart probably isn’t going to pay for the old dudes medical expenses

    • That's Consumer007 to you says:

      But as per Michael Moore’s Capitalism movie, WM WILL take out a life insurance policy on him without his consent or knowledge, and cash in, not giving the family a dime for burial expenses when he croaks!

  29. Coyote says:

    I think it more than just possible. I’d give 20/1 odds hes got a rap sheet a mile long.

    This is the exact thing that is happening with our criminal system. A woman is caught taping her family in a theater, she may get 2 years in a federal prison among tons of fines and legal fees. This guy who punches elderly people in the face like it was nothing will be out in 6 months and have a state appointed attorney that costs not him but us the tax payers.

  30. d says:

    I agree with the other posters – the front door or receipt checking is no place for an elderly person (hell, no place for anyone over 50 I’d say).

    In fact, if the stores would just PAY their cashiers a decent wage to begin with, they wouldn’t need to have a receipt checker – the whole reason for the checker is because the stores don’t trust the EMPLOYEES – they’re the biggest thieves in the place…

    I don’t go to stores that require me to waste my time having a receipt check (Sam’s, Costco) – and regular stores I just ignore their requests, yelling, screaming… I paid. I’m not showing anyone a damn thing. I’m leaving. If they step in front of me, I walk around them. If they touch me, I put them on the ground, tell them to lay off, and keep walking. If they do it again, then I’d smack them down.

  31. banmojo says:

    Violence begets violence. Our society is filled with violence, senseless rage, anger, despair. Our media focuses on the sex and violence and forgets to mention the increasingly rarer instances of human decency, Christian compassion, selfless acts. End result? A vicious circle which will end in our destruction.

    But for now, lock this guy up and throw away the key. Oh, and make HIM pay for his food/shelter/guards with HARD LABOR 18 HOURS/DAY.

  32. H3ion says:

    Mr. Washington will find that there will be some people his own age and size in prison who won’t take kindly to this kind of treatment. I would suggest he stock up on lubricant because he’s going to be a target.

  33. jayphat says:

    See, heres the problem. When someone came up with the idea of these people in the early 90′s, almost all the stores had a serperate entrance/exit. People were to be GREETED as they walked into the store, giving it a friendly atmosphere. In this day in age of a massive super-center with untold volumes of traffic, the sweet little old lady at the door just isn’t going to cut it anymore. And I used to be an ASM for these people, trust me, I know what I am talking about.

  34. ElizabethD says:

    “Washington later told police, ‘I am a faithful reader of Consumerist.com and I know my rights.’”

  35. DragonThermo says:

    There is no way that this is a case of a Walmart employee checking receipts! According to the surveillance video [1] it happened outside the store. The victim was walking along the front of the store to the entrance. As he approached the corner, the attacker walked up to the victim and immediately punched him. The attacker walked by a Sheriff vehicle and got into the getaway car. Fortunately, the Sheriff stopped the getaway car and removed the attacker from the car.

    My heart goes out to the victim of this senseless crime. As for the attacker, maybe a decade in prison might help adjust his attitude? Or at least stay in prison until the victim completely heals from his wounds… plus ten years? Oh, and the attacker and his family must compensate the victim for 100% of all medical costs and lost wages before he can be released.

    [1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWp1evR8N_Q

    • That's Consumer007 to you says:

      Agreed – the article post title should be “…punches Walmart SLAVE in the face”. Or serf or vagabond, urchin, something like that. None of their non-management “associates” can make any thing close to the start of a living, nor afford benefits either.