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Ohio Supreme Court accepts appeal in shoplifting fatality

There are 18 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 6, 2008, titled Ohio Supreme Court accepts appeal in shoplifting fatality. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit brought by the family of a shoplifter who died while being restrained outside the Giant Eagle store in Rootstown Township.

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“STUPIDITY HAS NO PREJUDICE”

Since: Jul 08

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#1 Aug 6, 2008
This was a horrible accident. Why do criminals families think they need paid for the bad actions of their family members? If your family member is committing a crime and dies, I would think they would want to put the horrible incident behind them and greive not sue sue sue.
Matt

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Aug 6, 2008
I think the one who was negligent would have to be the shoplifter. It ua forseeable that his actions of attacking workers after stealing from them would lead to him being restrained.

I think damages should be ruled out if they occur while committing a felony
dude

Coppell, TX

#3 Aug 6, 2008
He caused his own death by a). stealing property; and b). "he attacked the bagger" . By assaulting someone in the commission of a crime I beleive you excuse others from responsibility when they try to help.

Case closed. No money, no joy for a criminal's family...
dude

Coppell, TX

#4 Aug 6, 2008
oops - "believe"
Sandy

Cleveland, OH

#5 Aug 6, 2008
I also believe this was a accident. I am sure the Giant Eagle workers did not mean to kill the victim. They were only trying do their job.True if the victim had paid for the items instead of stealing them, none of this would have happen.
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#6 Aug 6, 2008
I wonder if Giant Eagle revoked his store card on top of killing him?

It'll be a poignant moment for his family every week when they receive the Giant Eagle flyer in the mail or Sunday newspapaer.

I wonder if his family will get a free turkey at Thanksgiving out of it?

Maybe even a '$10 off your next purchase of $100 or more' coupon!
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#7 Aug 6, 2008
"Please help us keep prices low. Assault and kill shoplifters."
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#8 Aug 6, 2008
"We want your business. In fact, we'll kill for it."

"Ask us about our latest innovative cost - cutting ideas."
Use Common Sense

Kent, OH

#9 Aug 6, 2008
Ahau Kin wrote:
I wonder if Giant Eagle revoked his store card on top of killing him?
It'll be a poignant moment for his family every week when they receive the Giant Eagle flyer in the mail or Sunday newspapaer.
I wonder if his family will get a free turkey at Thanksgiving out of it?
Maybe even a '$10 off your next purchase of $100 or more' coupon!
Maybe they'll give the family money off of their next gas purchase at GetGo; up to 30 gallons.
christine

Barberton, OH

#10 Aug 6, 2008
"Ahau Kin"---Really? The family needs to blame the man that broke the law by stealing and then again by attacking the Giant Eagle worker.

Next you will be posting that a drunk driver's family cannot stand the sight of cars so we should all stop driving.

And that a child molester's family cannot stand the site of children so we should keep them all locked up too.

Well, this guy started his demise by stealing and then finished it by attacking the worker. He was a CRIMINAL not a victim!

Really Giant Eagle should ban his family as the whole family seems to have entitlement issues. He deserved free groceries and they deserve money because he stole and Giant Eagle thought that was a bad thing!

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#11 Aug 6, 2008
Who cares what happened to this piece of trash? I have no problem if a thief dies in the process of stealing... this was somebody else's cart he was after, not just stuffing his pockets in the store.

That the thief's family feels entitled to one thin dime is the height of disgusting, and endemic of the problems in our legal system.

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#13 Aug 6, 2008
When this happened initially, I heard a caller on talk radio say they didn't believe this guy didn't deserve to be "killed for his crime." As if what, but for a store employee the thief would've otherwise lived forever?

Ladies and gentlemen, death is the penalty we all must pay for being alive in the first place. We don't like to talk about it, but it's true nonetheless. If somebody hastens his own demise through his own terrible decisions, they're still HIS decisions. This family deserves nothing, and it will be a travesty when their lawyer invariably finds some way to extract a settlement from this.

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#14 Aug 6, 2008
Sorry, the first line from my last entry should've read: "When this happened initially, I heard a caller on talk radio say they didn't believe this guy deserved to be "killed for his crime."
TickedinOhio

Massillon, OH

#16 Aug 6, 2008
Can I say I am ashamed of our system. Only here in America can someone doing a crime be a victim.... I always think back to the guy who broke into a house, got stuck in the peoples garage, because the door closed behind him, and went without food for a few days until the owners of the house returned and found him. He sued becuase there wasn't any food for him to survive on.... AND HE WON!!!!! Like someone else earlier stated, when did the criminals become victims???

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#17 Aug 6, 2008
Part of the problem here falls on us, the jurors. It seems people on a jury panel will award settlements to just about anybody... they already tried once to give this family a half million, but Judge Hunter struck it down. I think juries see those awards as "one for the common man." The reality of it is that everybody just ends up paying more for a company's products, all because of a jury that felt bad for the sobbing family of a guy... the man who, by all accounts in this case, caused this situation himself.

What's even more egregious is when thieves get hurt breaking into somebody's house, then turn around and sue the homeowner for it. The problem is real, not chimerical: real-life people have lost real-life money, just because some low-life got hurt in a break in. Chances are that right now, some orange-suited piece of trash is laughing over a case like this with his cellmate.

But God help you if you pull a gun and kill an intruder, because these days you're instantly caught up in a legal system that tacitly favors the criminal.
Lawrence

United States

#18 Aug 6, 2008
Its a shame that someone died for shop lifting,but this man stole the food and when confronted should of said ok. He caused his life to end by taking items that were not paid for. Crime should not be rewarded in the courts.
Paula

Arvin, CA

#19 Aug 9, 2008
It's a sad world when we fight over a bag of groceries. Yes the guy was wrong to steal but why such force you could have gotten licence # or something. The loss of anyones life is wrong. LL IM READING IS EVERYONE ACTING LIKE VIGILANTIES.Think about what if it was a relative of yours i bet you would wanna go beat up store workers. or you would be saying system didnt do anything for you
bottom line is think before you speak. i didnt say give them money but respect family
MrX

Youngstown, OH

#20 Aug 21, 2008
did the alleged shoplifter have any GiantEagle Gas discounts left and if so is the card still avaliable for redemption or is the card void after his untumely demize ?

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