People are functioning normally, our social fabric is intact, and when we have a friendly dispute over the price of something, we come back with a loaded weapon to talk things through like reasonable adults!
There is absolutely nothing to worry about!
According to local news affiliate Local 10 A recent dispute in a convenience store took an … unnerving turn. Robert Lewis Miller, a 60-year-old man from (take a guess) Florida, because of course, popped into the Lauderhill Supermarket in Fort Lauderdale for a couple packs of cigs, like you do.
But when the clerk told him the price was $11 instead of the $10 Miller was expecting, he became irate.
When the clerk confirmed the price with his manager, Miller challenged him to a fight, and the clerk kicked him out of the store.
Then Miller came back with a loaded Wesson M&P-15; long rifle, shouting “You must not know who I am!” several times while pointing the rifle at the clerk. He fled after the clerk ducked behind the counter and called 911.
Video from the surveillance camera is frankly chilling, as Miller waves the gun around and points it several times.
Watch the footage here:
A customer at a South Florida convenience store was allegedly so enraged by the price of cigarettes that he returned to the store waving a loaded rifle at the clerk.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 2, 2019
On social media, people were surprised and dismayed by this nonsensical display.
..because it was the clerk's fault the price is high? smh.
— Janet Fincannon (@catperson8) January 2, 2019
Compare the price for a pack of cigarettes vs that gun he’s packing.😡 Oh my 😓
— Deborah (@47txDebbie) January 2, 2019
Whatever happened to just shaking your fist or "flipping the bird"? https://t.co/A7a46YRZY4
— David W. Jacobs (@bigswede1952201) January 3, 2019
And a bit shaken by how nonchalant everyone seems given how this could have gone down.
With a Weapon like that in public I would think 🤔 there is more to be concerned about! The fact they he was angry at a price tag and not a human being is just what … Luck?
— John P. Montalvo (@JPMontalvo) January 2, 2019
The fact that no one even looked alarmed shows that this is a normal occurrence in Florida. Hell I'm surprised he didn't get shot by a store clerk.
— Cody (@GhettoBoxMan) January 2, 2019
That is what shocked me! Nobody seems surprised that someone is in a store with a rifle. Unbelievable!!
— Garry Orvold (@Orvold42) January 2, 2019
Unbelievable how no one was bothered by him. 😳 shocking
— Angel Hall (@AngelHallMusic) January 2, 2019
And, of course, many couldn’t help but make jokes.
Me if I saw this in any store pic.twitter.com/sljU2QU5vd
— Nicki Huschka (@NickiHuschka) January 3, 2019
Especially at the expense of the one US state where something bizarre always seems to be going down.
— Buffalo Ball Buster (@Sportsworld716) January 2, 2019
Just an average Monday in Florida.
— 🇺🇸 Richard (@realRichHunting) January 2, 2019
— Consumer Justice (@RippedOff14) January 2, 2019
After a court appearance, Judge Kim Mollica set Miller’s bond at $25,000 and ordered him to surrender all his weapons to police. He must also wear a GPS monitor and never go to the Lauderhill Supermarket again.
Here’s hoping whatever’s next is enough to deter Miller from another incident.
h/t Comic Sands