October 14th, 2008

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Excitement at work yesterday

Missed the excitement (if one can call it that) at work yesterday, but heard about it shortly after, from a first hand witness.

Actual story differs a bit from the local newspapers account. Apparently an employee in the meat market, I only know him as "Chris", had his car painted by a former employee of the tire/lube express at our store. I've seen his car, it is a literally "moving ad" for Wrigley's Doublemint Gum, complete with logos, slogans, etc. Not sure if Chris wanted that or not... why someone would want that is beyond my comprehension.

Anywho, the former employee apparently hadn't been getting payments for the job. He shows up at Wal-Mart, proceeds to beat the living crap out of the meat market guy. According to Scott (an ex-Marine currently working in the dairy department with me), who was the first to "move in" to break the thing up(because he was stocking the cheese wall which is down from the meat section), Chris made no effort to fight back. Once Scott moved in, other customers also moved in. The assailant then started to run, but only after inflicting bad injury to Chris (who last I heard was being hospitalized). Scott said there was a lot of blood present.

I found out about it after the fact. I was in the cooler re-stocking milk when this happened. Scott ran in the cooler telling me what happened. Today, I overheard another employee telling another that the assailant had recently lost the job he had recently gotten, and apparently he "went off the deep end".

Still, no excuse to resort to violence. Things like that are what small claims courts are made for! If the guy that did the paint job didn't get any paperwork for it, he's a dumbass to begin with!

Here's the slightly skewed account from the local newspapers website...

Witnesses tackle suspect in store

A group of customers at Wal-Mart in West Monroe on Monday tackled a man they believe was trying to rob another customer and held the suspect to the floor until police arrived.

Kenneth R. Ceasar Jr., 21, 3004 Gordon Ave., Monroe, was charged with attempted second-degree robbery and illegal carrying of a weapon.

The arrest report states Ceasar was seeking restitution from the alleged victim for some work he had done but was never paid for. He confronted the suspect and demanded money for a car painting job.

When the alleged victim told Ceasar he didn't have any, Ceasar began beating the victim, knocking him to the ground and checking his pockets for money, according to the report. When Ceasar couldn't find any money he attempted to leave the store, but was apprehended by several customers.

He was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center.