Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Number of the Counting Shall Be...

...ratcheted notch higher thanks to this addition from OrangeNeck:

No Charges After Worker Allegedly Shoots Would-Be Burglar At Jamaica Store

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Queens District Attorney has decided not to prosecute a grocery store worker in the shooting death of a would-be burglar in Queens.

The 54-year-old worker was stocking shelves alone inside the Met Supermarket on Jamaica Avenue when two men cut a hole in the roof above the cash registers and lowered themselves inside the store around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, reports 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.
This is in New-freakin'-York, folks, and the worker won't be charged. That's pretty freakin' amazing right there. It's a pretty safe bet that the recently deceased was a far cry from a choirboy, and the store worker most likely saved his own life with his actions. Someone breaking in at 2AM is most likely expecting the place to be empty; upon finding it occupied, they're more likely to leave if they're not ready to invoke violence upon those inside.

One can only speculate that the goblin's last words were "You don't have the guts to shoot"...

Dead Goblin Count: 264

That is all.


Phil L. said...

What is it with the quality of the reporting in many of these stories?

This one is sadly classic: It appears to be a collection of strung together items listed from a reporter's notebook - with little attempt to put them together to form a cohesive story, or corroborate key details. It seems that the status of the shotgun is left as an exercise for the reader.

Jay G said...

I've noticed this as well, and the only thing I can come up with is that since the media is in bed with the idea of greater gun control, these stories are the last ones they want to cover. So what happens to that one task that no one wants to do? It goes to the Fnoob...

skidmark said...

This: "The worker told police that one of the suspects came at him with a blunt object in hand. Police say the worker grabbed the store’s registered shotgun and opened fire."

As opposed to this: "The manager denies that the worker used the store’s own weapon. 'The only gun we have is pricing gun to price the items,' Rodriguez joked."

Now either the DA or the manager is confused. Or, quite possibly, they both are.

Does not matter. The real issue is that the clerk was only 50% effective.

stay safe.

Phil L. said...

skidmark -

One of the jobs of a top-notch reporter is to sort through the confusion and write a clear story.

Jay -

I suspect this is less a case of collusion rather than simple laziness.

It would appear that the store clerk did a more complete job than the reporter did...