A Pennsylvania Black Friday shopper flipped-out on a police officer responding to a possible shoplifting claiming the officer was going to “Mike Brown” him.
The incident took place at a Wal-Mart store, where the police officer asked the shopper to see his receipt as proof he paid for his purchases.
The shopper told his friend to record the exchange, and the video shows a scenario the shopper was probably not hoping for—the police officer remains completely calm throughout while the shopper ends up looking foolish.
The police officer and shopper may have met before.
The Blaze reports the shopper said of the officer, “He knows who I am,” claiming that he shouldn’t have to show ID because, “[the officer is] the arresting officer on one of my cases.”
The police officer, Michael Manfredi of the South Strabane Police Department in Washington County, Pennsylvania, had been called to the Wal-Mart by the store’s security team. Security and a customer allegedly witnessed the male shopper put unpaid merchandise in his shopping cart, and attempted to leave the store with it, reports Top Right News.
Manfredi asked to see the shopper’s receipt inside the store, and then followed the shopper out to the parking lot as he emphatically refused to show the officer his receipt.
Taunting Manfredi, the shopper waves the receipt in front of his face but does not allow him to hold the receipt, or take a picture of it.
Manfredi has remained calm during the entire incident, and the shopper’s response was ridiculous.
The shopper ran around the parking lot yelling at the top of his lungs.
“My hands are up!” the man shouts. “He’s trying to Mike Brown me!”
The shopper bringing up Michael Brown did not make the officer lose his composure, and he eventually let the shopper go even though he never did show him his receipt.
Reddit users had there say over the incident:
“Absolutely disgusting. He should be ashamed of himself,” user ihavesourpuss commented. User Amadeus_IOM responded to ihavesourpuss with, “He's probably too dumb to be ashamed, or more likely has his head too far up his own a—e to hear anyone telling him so. F——g ridiculous idiot.”
One user asked whether there was a way to tell Officer Manfredi’s superiors about the “exemplary” conduct he displayed.
“Is there a place where we can commend Michael Manfredi to his superiors? I think his conduct in this video was exemplary and I'd like his bosses to know that,” user leavingplatoscave wrote.
The user later edited the comment to include the information: “Edit: this is the E-mail address of South Strabane Police Chief Donald Zofchak, I sent him a quick E-mail with a link to the video telling Manfredi is a credit to his police force: [email protected].”