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SOTG 392 - Target Sues Hero

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What reward did a man, who used a baseball bat to stop a deranged criminal from stabbing a teenage girl to death, receive from the Target stores corporation?

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From www.breitbart.com:

In 2013, everyone agreed that Michael Turner saved the life of a teenaged girl who was attacked in a Pennsylvania Target store. Now, Target is suing him.
When she was sixteen, Allison Meadows was shopping in an East Liberty, Pennsylvania, Target store when Leon Walls rushed into the outlet and stabbed her.

With the assistance of surveillance video, Walls was convicted of attempted homicide for his attack on the girl.

The only reason the girl did not suffer more injuries is because Michael Turner interceded and, along with several other men, confronted Walls. Turner himself chased Walls out the store with a baseball bat.

Unsurprisingly, Meadows was extremely thankful for Turner’s efforts.

“I thank him,” Meadows has said. “I thank him every time I see him.”

But Meadows launched a lawsuit against Target, saying the store’s lack of security put all shoppers, not just her, in danger.

Target, however, is less grateful for Mr. Turner’s heroics. And now the retailer is suing him for “endangering” the store’s customers.

According to the company’s filing, Target says Turner and several others chased the suspect toward the store’s entrance after the attack on the girl. The store insists Turner put other shoppers at risk with his actions.

The victim of the stabbing and her family are furious with the retail chain and say Target is just trying to shift the blame away from its own security failures.

“Suing Michael Turner is just Target’s way of trying to blame someone else for what happened under their own roof,” the Meadows family attorney said. “The family certainly doesn’t blame Mr. Turner and they are thankful he was there that day.”

Target is already getting negative publicity; the chain is the subject of a major boycott effort due to its announcement that it is allowing men to use women’s bathrooms and changing rooms.

Despite the uproar over its decision–not to mention the loss of up to $6 billion in stock values—Target doubled down on its policy.

From www.kwch.com:

A gun was drawn Monday afternoon at a southeast Wichita Walmart as customers chased down a suspected thief.

Wichita police say a woman was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot of the store near Kellogg and Greenwich when a man walked by, snatched her purse out of the front of her cart and ran off.

Other customers who witnessed the purse-snatching chased the man. One customer, carrying a firearm, caught the man and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The man was arrested for the theft.

The woman whose purse was taken by the man said she was appreciative of the assistance from the customers who helped her catch the suspected thief.

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