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7-Eleven clerks rip clothes off shoplifting suspect in NYC

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:29 a.m. HST, Oct 20, 2012

NEW YORK » A worker at a 7-Eleven in Brooklyn has lost his job after he and other store employees were recorded ripping the clothes off a suspected shoplifter.

The video was recorded by a bystander Wednesday, and then promptly posted on the Internet.

It begins with two clerks dragging the man back into the store and continues as they try to wrestle him into submission.

In the process, his shirt is ripped off, his pants fall down and he is left struggling in his boxers. One worker appears to bite the man on the shoulder. Another tries to yank him up by his underwear.

Through it all, the man shouts "I got nothing, man!" while disbelieving patrons alternate between laughing and shouting at the clerks to let the man go.

"Somebody call the police. This is ridiculous!" one patron shouts.

A 7-Eleven spokeswoman told reporters the chain found the video horrifying. The company fired one worker and will retrain two others.

Police said the shoplifting suspect was already wanted in another case. He faces charges including robbery and assault.

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Pocho wrote:
you do good to help out catching a thief, lesson learned here is to let them steal and leave. You're not taking the loss of goods, no need to feel obliegated to your company, you're just a number that can be replaced!
on October 20,2012 | 01:20PM
patk wrote:
I commend the employees, I see nothing wrong with what they did. Every shoplifter should expect this and much worse to happen to them.
on October 20,2012 | 03:00PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I guess the message that the company want to send to the employees who observe someone shoplifting is not to get physically involved in apprehending the theives. Just call the police..if the theives get away..oh well.
on October 20,2012 | 03:46PM
SteveToo wrote:
Stupid company is 7-11, but the article never said if he had stolen anything. Did they find anything under or in his clothes. GIVE THEM THEIR JOBS BACK AND A RAISE.
on October 20,2012 | 08:02PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The truth of the matter is that no matter how guilty the perpetrator was, he will go free because the store did not catch him with the goods on him.
on October 20,2012 | 08:33PM
1assa wrote:
Every company fears the lawyers waiting behind every rock.
on October 20,2012 | 09:30PM
st1d wrote:
the clerks placed themselves and store customers in danger. if the suspect did shoplift something the clerks are trained to let them go, it's only merchandise, and not risk injury to themselves or other customers.

the suspect's history of violent crimes is testament to the company's policy of not confronting shoplifters or robbers.

the clerks went far beyond company guidelines in this incident, narrowly treading charges themselves for assault and false arrest. even a customer recognized that their actions were uncalled for and asked someone to call the police.

on October 21,2012 | 12:33AM
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