Karen H., one of our top notch Gripers sent me this email the other day. She just had to get this off her chest so she checked in with this Gripe. Before you read Karen's Gripe, here is the news story from timesleader.com she is referring to. It's a gem!
Police officer Michael Lehman was on patrol near the West Side Mall on Sunday when he saw a purple vehicle speeding through the mall parking lot and stopped the driver at Northampton Street and Wyoming Avenue near Cole Muffler and asked him to pull into the parking lot at the nearby Ollie's restaurant. Lehman asked the driver, who was identified as Allan W. Randall, 45, of 75 B St. Clair St., why he was driving so carelessly, and Randall refused to answer. He also could not produce a driver's license. While Lehman was checking Randall's information with Luzerne County 911, a loss prevention officer from Price Chopper approached him and told him Randall was just involved in a retail theft incident at the store.
The loss prevention officer reported:
At about 3:30 p.m., she observed Randall select a roasted chicken, Sobe Life Water and an apple from store shelves and then eat and drink the items. Randall then put the chicken bones in the lobster tank, which contained live lobsters, and shared the apple with his two young children. Randall then picked up bottles of soda, shook them up and threw them back on the shelf, ditched the rest of the chicken near the soda aisle and kicked several food products, damaging them, on his way to the exit doors. When approached by store security, Randall said he didn't do anything and told the officer to get away from him and left without paying for the items. When the officer went outside to get Randall's license plate number with the store manager, Randall yelled threats at them and swerved his vehicle in their direction, nearly hitting them. After the loss prevention officer called police, she noticed that Randall had been pulled over and went to talk with Lehman. Randall told Lehman nothing happened at the store and, when asked to exit his vehicle, became belligerent. He was placed in the rear seat of Lehman's police cruiser. Randall's wife, Jessica, who was with him, also had a suspended license, and the vehicle was towed. At the police station, Randall refused to get out of the police car, started to swing his cane at Lehman, striking Lehman in the hand several times and cutting his thumb area. Once in the police station, Lehman received a call from the Price Chopper loss prevention officer, who told him the lobsters had to be removed from the store because they were contaminated after eating the chicken Randall put in the tank with them. The total value of the retail theft was $209.12. Lehman said it was Randall's second retail theft offense. Randall was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, retail theft, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle. Randall was arraigned before District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny and lodged at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. April 4 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.
Karen H. writes: I’ve got a gripe. The more I think about this story, the more I scratch my head. I am not sure what to even address first. The lowlife scumbags in this area never cease to amaze me. This schmuck goes to a grocery store and acts like it’s a buffet. He took a rotisserie chicken, some apples, and a beverage…then proceeds to walk around the store consuming said food items. For whatever reason, he decides to share his bounty with the lobsters in the seafood section (effectively ruining them) and then discards the remains of the chicken carcass before vandalizing the store and exits without paying. If that’s not bad enough, HIS TWO YOUNG CHILDREN WERE WITH HIM. What the hell kind of example is this setting? This is telling them that it’s okay to help yourself to whatever strikes your fancy, you don’t have to worry about paying for it, and it’s a good idea to reshelve soda bottles after shaking the shit out of them, and it’s perfectly acceptable to toss your trash wherever the hell you feel like it. My heart aches for these poor children. The article also said he was driving an unregistered vehicle carelessly on a suspended license. He nearly took out two Price Chopper employees before being rounded up by the fuzz. Well done, officers. Now kindly corral the remainder of the filth in NEPA.
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