A robber armed with a handgun got way more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up a 7-11 in San Leandro, Calif., on Friday.
The robber reportedly walked into the 7-11 and demanded the two clerks on duty hand over the money in their registers. He reportedly started waving his handgun back and forth as he asked for the money. But instead of turning over his cash drawer, one of the clerks made a much bolder move.
"I saw the guy coming around the corner and I thought he was going to use the sink,” the clerk told KTVU. “When he passed the sink, I turned and saw the gun. He demanded cash and I held up my hands. He started swinging the gun back and forth. When the gun got close to him, I saw my opportunity. I grabbed it by both ends and just yanked it out of his hand.”
The would-be robber sprinted out of the store after his gun was taken. The clerk, who wished to be identified only as Mark, said his decision to grab the gun was adrenaline-fueled.
“I was a little nervous at first,” he said. “Then the adrenaline kicked in and I just reacted.”
Mark called his move a bold, and possibly stupid, decision.
"If you look back, some people say hero, some people say brave, others say stupid," he said. "It’s a little bit of all three, actually. I don’t know if it was the right move, but it got a gun off the street.”
He added that he has no interest in being called a hero, either.
“Heroes are those who rescue other people; they are [not just trying to] save themselves,” he said.
Here is footage of the attempted stickup:
Last Thursday was yet another brutally frigid day in Massachusetts. That evening, a man entered a 7-Eleven store in Salem, Mass, visibly shaken by the perpetually cold winter.
Ava Lins, the 19-year-old woman who was working as a clerk in the store, claimed that she immediately noticed that the man appeared to be negatively affected by the weather.
‘He was freezing. You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month,” Lins said to NewsCenter 5.
In order to help the man, who has since been identified as homeless, Lins offered him a small cup of coffee.
“7-Eleven preaches that they’re customer-oriented. Well, I tried to show that. I paid with my own money. I hope that if I ever worked for someone else, they would understand where I’m coming from,” Lins said regarding her decision to help the homeless man.
The man accepted the cup, causing Lins’s boss to become extremely angry.
“My boss...grabbed his jacket and began screaming and yelling ‘Did you pay for this? Did you pay for this?’ And I lied for him. I said, ‘Yes,’” Lins said regarding the incident.
Her boss, Romany Youseff, ultimately discovered that Lins had actually been the one to provide the coffee after confronting her about the incident the following day. After Lins confessed, she was fired from her position at the store.
Lins voiced her frustration regarding the experience, prompting several supporters to call Youseff in order to angrily express their disapproval of his actions.
Youseff ultimately caved and agreed to allow Lins to continue working at the store.
“I don’t have any problem. I told her it’s OK. Everyone forget it. It’s OK,” Youseff said.
According to the Timmins Press, the cup of coffee cost around $1.
A man who was bitten and stripped to his underwear by the employees of a Brooklyn 7-11 is suing the store for the emotional and physical distress he says he endured after a cell phone video of the bizarre incident went viral on the internet.
On Oct. 20 of last year, at a 7-11 at 395 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, employees accused 29-year-old David Golson of shoplifting an item, to wit, one Snickers brand candy bar.
Golson said that he didn’t steal anything and attempted to walk out of the store. That’s when the 7-11 employees attacked. What happened next is all right there on the video, which can be seen below. A still frame from the video is at right.
Golson protests, and though he tries to wriggle free, he never fights back. Meanwhile, the 7-11 employees manhandle him, ripping off his clothes, hitting and biting him.
The lawsuit calls the attack a "violent, unprovoked and widely publicized assault...completely disproportionate to what they were accusing him of: stealing a candy bar."
The whole thing took place in front of onlookers who filmed the altercation, as well as the store’s surveillance camera.
As happens rather predictably in this era, the cell phone video went up on YouTube and was quickly picked up by numerous online news outlets, including ABC News, The Huffington Post, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. Those are the outlets listed in the lawsuit at least.
The lawsuit, which can be read online here, says that in addition to suffering “bruising, bite marks and...physical pain,” Golson also endured “serious and permanent injuries...pain, shock and mental anguish...These injuries and their effects will be permanent.”
The lawsuit demands a jury trial and unspecified damages “in a sum exceeding the jurisdiction limits of all lower courts.”
Within days of the video hitting the internet, police arrested Golson on charges of “robbery, assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property.” But there has been no report yet on the status of that case, or whether it is connected to the 7-11 incident or is a separate case involving Golson.
The charges against Golson are not mentioned in the lawsuit.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, one of the employees who attacked Golson was fired. The other two were made to take further training in safety and security procedures.
Several New York and Virginia 7-Elevens were raided Monday after federal investigators discovered the franchises were harboring undocumented workers, furnishing them with stolen identities and forcing them to work 100 hours a week.
"These defendants ruthlessly exploited their immigrant employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses, in effect creating a modern day plantation system," said Loretta Lynch, a federal prosecutor.
Agents led the nationwide sweep after an employee at the Suffolk County 7-Eleven tipped off police.
A total of 18 undocumented Pakistani immigrants were forced to live in boarding houses and pay rent to their employers. Many of the store owners and managers were arrested and now face charges of wire fraud, identity theft and harboring illegal immigrants.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to investigate 40 other 7-Eleven stores in seven other states in what is one of the largest criminal immigrant employment investigations ever led by the department.
"The 7-Eleven franchises seized today will be better known for their big fraud than their Big Gulp," said James Hayes, head of the New York Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Investigation.
Margaret Chabris, director of Corporate Communications for 7-Eleven, said the company is aware of the federal action and will cooperate with authorities, though she declined to comment further.