Detroit Shopper Gets Cray-Cray When He Can't Return a Console

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The ancient Chinese curse reads, "May you live in interesting times." So when a GameStopper says "It was an interesting day here," you know he's not talking about big sales.

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Four cops in a Detroit suburb overpowered a 43-year-old man who tried to return an Xbox without a receipt and, once rebuffed, got so PO'd he threatened to kill someone.

These days, "I'm gonna kill someone," are the magic words for a bigtime police response. When the dissatisfied customer left - to get something from his vehicle he said - police answered a 911 call and did something called "active shooter response," which means getting people the f—- out of the way and putting the perp up on the f—-ing wall. Which they did. After cuffing the guy, they only found a stun gun on him, whose possession is illegal in Michigan (at least, under these circumstances it was).

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Dude faces a felony for the stun gun, plus a discon misdemeanor for, I guess, raising the ruckus and requiring cops to slam him over a counter.
Armed Cops Subdue Angry Shopper Denied Refund at Oakland Mall [Detroit Free Press, thanks Paul W.]

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I'm so glad I don't work retail anymore. People treat you like you're a stupid dropout who can't get a better job or something, then act like they know everything; in nearly every situation I was involved with, the customer was in the wrong.

I remember this one time someone called me an idiot and tried to slow down her speech to get me to understand her, just because I wouldn't let her return half of a package of ink cartridges. I gave her an "it's like if you ate the chocolate out of a neopolitan ice cream!" argument, and she ran off in a huff. Yeah. Most of my days were like that.

Big respect for the guys at the register.