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Store worker assaulted over bag of potato chips

By David Harten

This article was published January 23, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

Police were called to the scene of a fight at south Little Rock gas station on Wednesday night that began when someone tried to steal a bag of potato chips, Little Rock police said.

Officers were called at 11:39 p.m. to the Hess gas station, 7715 Geyer Springs Road, after an employee noticed a customer put a bag of chips under his shirt, according to a police report. The employee confronted the customer, taking the bag out from under his shirt. The man then punched the employee, striking him on the chin, and ran out of the store, police said. The employee refused medical attention when authorities arrived.

Police described the customer as black, 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, wearing a brown coat; officers searched the area for him but didn't find him.

While authorities were at the scene, a woman identified as Eleacia Counts drove up and asked “if her son had been arrested” and told officers she had “received a call from her son[s] girlfriend,” according to the report. She refused to give authorities any information on her son, police said. It was unclear in the report if the woman was related to the man involved in the case.

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Fdworfe says... January 23, 2014 at 7:58 p.m.

Ever notice that a very large portion of civil disturbances comes more from insane behavior as much as criminal behavior? No reasonable mind can doubt that law enforcement officers are never paid enough for the danger, frustration and lack of appreciation they face every day. The kind of slapstick lunacy that took place in this store seems pretty well representative of what goes on throughout our 50 united states 24-7. Maybe I’m just getting grouchy, but it sure seems to me that a sizeable slice of our culture—even without unlimited, legal and cheap drugs—is absolutely bonkers. And it appears to be getting worse every day. Maybe our next social frontier, if we are to survive as a civilization, is learning how to deal with mental derangement, the magnitude of which we’ve never known before. Or maybe you the reader have a better answer why our streets are running amok with homegrown idiocy. Or, another possibility: Within the next century at the present rate, fifty percent of our population will be forced to lock up the other fifty percent. How ‘bout that for a brave new America?

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onlyfair says... January 24, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.

First of all, I would not have tried to take the bag of chips from the thief. I would have said do you plan on paying for those chips you are concealing (knowing he wasn't). I am sure this guy was hungry and depending on the condition of the person, I may have even offered to pay for them. Another thing, the people in the other article who were stealing the $400 worth of clothes---now that was nonsense. Food vs clothes you cant even wear?

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