Male or female, when you need a condom, you need a condom. And given the importance of having one when that special mood strikes, no one wants to be a victim of prophylactic profiteering. But that seems to be just what set off one particular BP customer on the west side of Detroit. Unfortunately, he picked the wrong c-store to unleash his retail rage and go all medieval on the beef jerky and Ho-Hos . . .
Seven Action News spoke to folks at the scene who say it started after the customer demanded the clerk charge less for a package of condoms. The clerk refused. The customer became angry and started knocking over things in the store. The clerk is accused of then taking out a gun and firing shots.
The customer died from his injuries after the shooting.
The clerk in question seems to have had a history of brandishing and other less then responsible pistol practices. And there may be some question as to whether or not he actually intended to rub out the raging rubber buyer. Not that it matters much to the customer at this point.
Coincidentally, Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality already had a meeting scheduled for today to discuss just these kinds of incidents – which evidently occur frequently enough in Detroit to warrant a meeting – with gas station owners.
“We work in mediation and deescalation,” said Scott. “A man should not die after an argument over a package of condoms.”
Words to live by.