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Monday, October 24, 2011

A Reasonable Defense

This actually occurred a few weeks ago, and I meant to comment on it then, but it's still worth a few bytes.

Did you see the video of the young McDonald's worker who took a metal rod to two customers in New York City?  If not, here it is.

The reaction of the general public to the beating was one of outrage.  As, to a degree, it should have been.  Women don't deserve to be beaten when they go to Mickey D's for a burger and fries.

The fact that the young cashier had a felony record didn't help him.

Nor did the fact that he was black.

But I gotta tell ya, I felt more than a little bit of sympathy for the poor guy.

The two "victims"?

Both were drunk when they came in.
They got into a heated argument with the cashier.
One of them slapped him across the face.
One leaped across the counter and chased him while the other raced around the counter to assist.  Their intent unknown.

The cashier came out from the back room carrying a rod and commenced to swinging.

And I smiled.

No, they didn't deserve the savage assault that ensued.

But a lesson that all of America needs to learn: Just because someone is wearing a McDonald's uniform, that fact doesn't give you the right to abuse him or her.  Physically or verbally.

Too many people think it does.

If I had been a cop on the scene, I would certainly have arrested the two belligerents - along with the cashier. The escalation was their fault and they leveled the first blow.

So you know, the cashier is now pleading self defense.

Overreaction?  Yes.  But can anyone argue that it was anything else besides him trying to keep these two women from inflicting additional harm?

I don't think so.