Something strange is happening in Texas. A Lubbock man is suing local Target for 10$ million claiming he was assaulted by an employee after being caught shoplifting.
Kelton Arthur claims he was tackled by a Target store employee July last year. Employee says Arthur was trying to steal a vacuum.
According to reports :
The lawsuit claims the employee knocked Arthur from behind which caused his injuries. The employee then “attacked” Arthur as he was lying on the ground, the suit continued.
A police report indicates Arthur stole merchandise from the store and tried to run away. The employee “placed his hands” on him to keep him from leaving but Arthur turned around and “bit him on the arm.”
According to the report, the suspect tried to “gouge” out the employee’s eyes but he was able to control the suspect until officers arrived. Neither men needed to go to the hospital.
The employee said his skills in Jiu Jitsu very well might have saved his life and prevented others from getting hurt.
A grand jury indicted Arthur for robbery but in September of this year, Arthur pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of theft. He was sentenced to one day in jail.
The suit might be motivated by a case where a jury awarded 7.5$ million to a shopper who had an accident – An Alabama jury on Wednesday awarded $7.5 million to a man who sued Walmart after he said he broke his hip buying watermelson at a store.
Henry Walker, who was 59 at the time, claimed that on June 25, 2015, his foot became trapped in a pallet beneath a stack of watermelons while reaching for one.
Walmart has maintained that the display was not dangerous, and that any negligence was Walker’s fault.