ELYRIA, Ohio — I’m sometimes aggravated by the person whose job it is to stand at the front of the door and check receipts, but it takes all of 30 seconds max to simply hold out my receipt and smile as they pretend to check it against my items. It’s not like they find the stuff I crammed in my pockets.
But one woman in Ohio, 49-year-old Toni Duncan, took things way too far back in March when a 71-year-old Walmart greeter asked to see her receipt as she was leaving the store. Already unhappy that customer service would not help her with another matter, Duncan became verbally abusive towards Alger Burchell and started yelling racial slurs at him. Witnesses say she hit him with her shopping cart before grabbing him by the throat.
Another employee intervened at which time Duncan went back to the customer service counter and threatened to punch an employee in the face. She then bragged to her pregnant daughter who was in the store with her, 23-year-old Ashley Jackson, that she had just “choked a cracker.”
Not content with letting her mother act like a jackass, Jackson would join in by threatening to blow up the store three times while also telling Burchell that once her boyfriend found about the incident, he wouldn’t be alive to finish his shift.
When police arrived, both women were still in the parking lot with two small children. Duncan admitted to choking the elderly man but also told police she wanted to press charges against the Walmart employees. Police would instead charge Duncan with assault while charging Jackson with menacing and inducing panic.
On Thursday, Locke-Graves called the women’s actions “absolutely reprehensible’’ and sentenced Duncan to 15 days in jail. She was lead aways from the courtroom in tears to immediately begin serving her 15-days. She will also have to pay court costs, attend anger management courses, not have any criminal violations for five years and ordered to stay away from Walmart and Burchell for five years.
Her daughter was ordered to pay a fine of $250 for a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and serve three days’ community service. Like her mother, Jackson was also ordered to maintain five years of good behavior, take an anger management class and stay away from Walmart for five years.
Burchell was not in court but prepared a statement saying he had grown upset and distrustful of people following the assault that day and because of Jackson’s threat, still feared retaliation.
Here’s the original news report of their arrest:Tags: Ashley Jackson, assault and battery, choking, cracker, Crime, Ohio, racial, Toni Duncan, WalMart