Foiled Burglar Sues Store Employees for 'Emotional Distress'
Saturday, June 10, 2006
— A man who was beaten by employees of a store he was trying to rob is now suing.
Police say Dana Buckman entered the AutoZone in Rochester, New York, last July, brandished a semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash.
That's when employees Eli Crespo and Jerry Vega beat him with a pipe and held Buckman at bay with his own gun.
Buckman escaped when they retreated into the store to call 911, but he was arrested a week later. He pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 18 years in prison as a repeat violent felon.
Now Buckman is suing the auto parts store and the two employees who beat him, claiming they committed assault and battery and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.
You know, it seems to me that when Critter Buckman woke up that morning, there were roughly a thousand things he could have decided to do that didn't involve a crime. He could have gone job-hunting. He could have gone for a walk. There were umpteen squillion things he could have done that didn't involve planning to commit a crime, but no, he had his heart set on criminal endeavors.
Once he decided to break the law, he could have done any number of crimes that weren't felonies. Misdemeanor theft, scams, lottery fraud, or anything else that isn't a felony.
But, no, it was a felony or nothing.
So, he woke up that morning and decided -- all on his onesie -- to commit a crime. Not just any crime, but a felony. Then he decided that he just had to use a gun for this. After some thought, he decided he wanted to rob a store.
Not just any store, mind you, but that very store.
Once he walked into the store, he could have, at any time, decided to seek the straight-and-narrow path and walked out without doing the felony.
No. After all those decisions -- any one of which would have left him unbruised -- he decided to make one last choice, pull the gun and attempt to rob the store.
Now, it seems to me that if a man makes several thousand decisions that ultimately and invariably lead to a bad end; and that man devotes some hours of the day to making those thousand decisions (that lead to a bad end) -- then it strikes me that that man has worked hard for that bad end, and far be it from anyone else to interfere.
He worked hard for that ass-whipping, he earned that ass-whipping and I surely do think he ought to shut his mouth, sit in his cell and suck it up.