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Posted: 10/9/2007 2:49:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 5:06:13 PM EST by kill-9]
Texas Cashier Clubs Deaf Customer For Not Talking

By Kevin Cokely
KXAS/NBC News Channel

FORTH WORTH, TX -- A Family Dollar clerk in Forth Worth, Texas was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said he used a crowbar to club a deaf customer. Cody Goodnight, 30, has been deaf since before the age of 2 and uses sign language to communicate.

When Goodnight tried to pay for two bottles of Sprite with a $5 bill he was assaulted by the store clerk. Investigators said the clerk, 20-year-old Ricky Young told them he thought Goodnight was being rude by not talking to him and hit him in the head with a crowbar.

Goodnight said he is still scared to return to the store or any other place alone. The clerk faces years in prison if convicted, authorities said.

A spokesman for Family Dollar said the store is conducting its own internal investigation into the incident.

Link
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:50:46 PM EST
This reminds me of the thread about feral humans.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:51:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By WildBoar:
This reminds me of the thread about feral humans.




I'd forgotten about that thread.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:52:43 PM EST
Should have used his inside voice.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:52:46 PM EST
What motherfucker? You too good to talk to me?

I'll fuckin show you!



What a dumbass...
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:53:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:53:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:54:34 PM EST
So not talking is rude?
Where does hitting someone in the head rate on the scale just impolite?


What a loon oh well where he is headed he will learn some other rude behaviour
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:55:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 2:56:11 PM EST by wise_jake]
That's no excuse for not talking.

He was deaf, not mute.

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kidding
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:56:33 PM EST
WTF, I never talk to cashiers besides a polite "thank you" when they get me the receipt/change...
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 2:57:11 PM EST
Say he wasn't deaf and the guy just didn't feel like talking. The clubbing would have been justified, then.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 3:15:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Say he wasn't deaf and the guy just didn't feel like talking. The clubbing would have been justified, then.


Yes, but only at Wal-Mart.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 4:52:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By mmm_horsemeat:

Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I am going to try this at some low end chain where training is non-existent. I might hit the lotto soon

Do high-end places train the clerks not to hit people with crowbars?

Isn't that the very definition of a high-end place?

Link Posted: 10/9/2007 4:55:31 PM EST
Most places that I shop at don't have a crowbar at the register (that I know of)....
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 4:57:13 PM EST
What you weren't told is that the deaf guy was also from NY, so the beating was probably justified.

Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:04:13 PM EST
More detail:

His silence mistaken, deaf man attacked
By ALEX BRANCH

FORT WORTH -- A store cashier struck a deaf customer in the head with a crowbar after he mistook the man's silence for rudeness and disrespect, police said.

The cashier, Ricky Benard Young, 20, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The customer, Cody Goodnight, 31, suffered "a large knot" on his head during the incident, which occurred Saturday at the Family Dollar Store at 4117 E. Lancaster Ave.

"I can't believe someone would hit him for not speaking," said Goodnight's mother, Kay Goodnight. "When you're deaf, you don't make a point of starting conversations with people."

Young's defense attorney, Mark Scott, said Thursday that he was recently assigned the case and declined to comment.

Kay Goodnight called police after her injured son returned home from the store late Saturday morning. Family members translated Cody Goodnight's story to officers using sign language.

Goodnight said he went to the Family Dollar several blocks from their house to buy a soft drink for his 5-year-old son. Inside the store, he put the soda on the counter to pay.

The cashier tried to speak to him but got angry when Goodnight didn't respond, Goodnight told police. The cashier threw Goodnight's change at him, scattering it on the floor.

As Goodnight picked it up, the cashier hit him in the side of the head with the crowbar, Goodnight said.

Officers went to the store, where Young immediately asked if they were there about what "happened earlier," said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a police spokesman. The cashier told officers that he had tried to start a friendly conversation with Goodnight but that Goodnight wouldn't acknowledge him.

At one point, Young told officers, Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature, Sullivan said. Young told officers he struck Goodnight because he thought Goodnight was going to assault him.

After officers told Young that Goodnight was deaf and unable to communicate verbally, Young responded "Oh," Sullivan said.

"Upon further investigation, it appeared the suspect became frustrated when the victim wouldn't respond or acknowledge his attempts to converse," Sullivan said. "He became outraged and struck the victim in an unwarranted attack."

The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.

Cody Goodnight was treated at the hospital for his injury but still has pain in his head and neck, Kay Goodnight said Thursday.

Deaf since the age of 2, when he suffered a high fever, Goodnight speaks in guttural sounds -- "deaf speak" as his mother calls it.

His stepfather, Barry Adair, said Goodnight doesn't like talking to people he doesn't know.

"He gets embarrassed because people make fun of the way he talks," Adair said. "He's not trying to be rude or unfriendly. You just can't understand him unless you're around him a lot."

Emily Robinson, a Fort Worth deafness resource specialist, said that while it is unusual for a deaf person to be attacked physically, misunderstandings are common. People sometimes take deaf people for rude when they are unresponsive, she said.

"It is a really big problem," Robinson said. "Businesses should be professional and sensitive to deaf people. There are training workshops about the deaf culture and what to expect in interactions with us."
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:07:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By wise_jake:

Originally Posted By mmm_horsemeat:

Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I am going to try this at some low end chain where training is non-existent. I might hit the lotto soon

Do high-end places train the clerks not to hit people with crowbars?

Isn't that the very definition of a high-end place?



High end to me is a cashier who can speak english, smile (while they hate me under their breath} and get me out of the store in under a minute or 2.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:17:06 PM EST


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.

Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:18:26 PM EST
I'm partially deaf and some ppl that know I have a hearing loss get pissed at me when I don't hear them correctly the first time and they have to repeat themselves.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:20:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Say he wasn't deaf and the guy just didn't feel like talking. The clubbing would have been justified, then.
Buzz. Wrong

It's a fucking joke.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:21:37 PM EST
Wow.

"I thought he was rude to me, so I hit him in the head with a crowbar."

Please stop the ride. I want to get off, now.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:22:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.



Thats going to be expensive (and an additional charge).
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:23:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By fivepointoh:
I'm partially deaf and some ppl that know I have a hearing loss get pissed at me when I don't hear them correctly the first time and they have to repeat themselves.


What?



I have bad tinitus, and have a hard time hearing in some environments. I tried to learn ASL, but evidently failed.

Mr. Smith
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:23:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Am I the only one who wonders why a cashier had a crowbar at hand while at work?????


It's a Dollar General store. Think of a clientele that WalMart would not allow in.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:25:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Am I the only one who wonders why a cashier had a crowbar at hand while at work?????
For smacking the shit out of impolite customers, of course. Sheesh.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:28:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.


All kidding aside for a moment: POS, whomever did it.

This kind of person isn't very far removed from the lady who left that dude stuck in her windshield.

I wonder if anyone has the numbers for OIF/OEF vets returning with hearing injuries?

[/serious]
Hey, zwvirtual; thanks for pulling/dragging me onto pg2.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:29:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.

Wow. What a jackass. He'll be gettin' hit in the ass with a big ol' pipe for the next 7-10 years.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:30:24 PM EST
What is with young people today and their constant ramblings about, "don't disrespect me." I hear it all the time on TV, they think if someone isn't kissing their ass then they're being "disrespected." And it is always coming from someone who has no concept of how to treat other people.

On a side note I like how the POS clerk tried to play the racial card. Try again, jackass.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:32:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By ShaneS:

Originally Posted By fivepointoh:
I'm partially deaf and some ppl that know I have a hearing loss get pissed at me when I don't hear them correctly the first time and they have to repeat themselves.

What?



I have bad tinitus, and have a hard time hearing in some environments. I tried to learn ASL, but evidently failed.

Mr. Smith

I don't normally listen to Rush, but he was having trouble with his tinnitus this morning and having to ask this girl to repeat herself several times.

On a side note, many universities are now putting ASL into their foreign language program. Good move, IMO.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:57:10 PM EST
I think I remember some story were a deaf person was shot to death for signing to another deaf person. Some local gang mother fuckers thought the deaf people were making fun of the local gang mother fucking hand tricks.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 5:58:38 PM EST

[snip] Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature, [/snip]


This is a pertinent part of the update story, it explains a lot.

Rob
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 7:11:35 PM EST
I have to wear hearing aids in both ears and people don't realize that they are AIDS and do not restore you hearing to what it was before your hearing loss. There will always be problems hearing other people no matter what kind of hearing aids you wear. I wear both ear plugs and ear muffs when I shoot so that I can save what little hearing I do still have.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 7:23:08 PM EST
It's stuff like this that reminds me of why I carry a gun everywhere I go.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 7:26:17 PM EST
This is why I always consider 9 rds of .45 plus a reload as the bare minimum for Dollar store LRRP's

You just can't count on 9mm to stop the crowbar wielding thugs in time. Don't forget the 23 foot rule either.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:18:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By BillofRights:
This is why I always consider 9 rds of .45 plus a reload as the bare minimum for Dollar store LRRP's


You just can't count on 9mm to stop the crowbar wielding thugs in time. Don't forget the 23 foot rule either.

Is the additional two feet to take into account the reach/length of the crowbar?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:23:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Am I the only one who wonders why a cashier had a crowbar at hand while at work?????


He works in a tough 'hood and CCW isn't allowed by the company!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:23:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By jnojr:
www.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/d/d5/English_Motherfucker_Do_You_Speak_I.jpg


I knew that was comming.


They beez hard pimp'n at the family dolla yo'.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:29:46 AM EST
This store cashier is just another fine example of what our education system is turning out these days. Hope this cashier likes his new accommodations at The Butt Palace Hotel and Resort.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:30:38 AM EST
wow

I am 70% deaf

there is a dollar general store just up the road from me here at my office

hope that old cashier don't crowbar whip me

oh, it was a family dollar, I should be safe
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:33:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By CWO:
Most places that I shop at don't have a crowbar at the register (that I know of)....


Just try not speaking to the clerk next time and you will find out!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:36:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By Deej86:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Say he wasn't deaf and the guy just didn't feel like talking. The clubbing would have been justified, then.
Buzz. Wrong

It's a fucking joke.


Maybe you should have used the crowbar to get that point across.

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:37:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:37:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By JoseCuervo:

[snip] Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature, [/snip]


This is a pertinent part of the update story, it explains a lot.

Rob


yeah, that caught my eye too...
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:45:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By dragongoddess:
This store cashier is just another fine example of what our education system is turning out these days. Hope this cashier likes his new accommodations at The Butt Palace Hotel and Resort.


This isn't about schools! This moron learned this crap from his home and neighborhood.

I know some ARFComers want to bash schools all the time. Fact of the matter is that kids come to school screwed up. We don't do it. In fact, we try to fix it. All of you PS bashers need to pull your collective heads out and realize this.

Or are we to assume that you didn't get any good upbringing from your parents and learned everything at whatever passed for a school that you hid out in?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 6:08:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By Deej86:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Say he wasn't deaf and the guy just didn't feel like talking. The clubbing would have been justified, then.
Buzz. Wrong

It's a fucking joke.


Nothing pisses me off more quicker then seeing disbaled people getting screwed over by assholes. I dont think I am violent man but do that shit in front of me, we will all find out

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 6:10:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By fivepointoh:
I'm partially deaf and some ppl that know I have a hearing loss get pissed at me when I don't hear them correctly the first time and they have to repeat themselves.

Sorry to hear that. I completely understand. My wife worked at printing press for many years and lost a lot of hearing. When we first got married, I thought she was ignoring me. I used to get mad when I had to repeat. But I make every effort to speak louder the first time. I make the kids speak up and closer to her.

Being partially deaf is no fun.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:42:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By V-Match:

Originally Posted By JoseCuervo:

[snip] Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature, [/snip]


This is a pertinent part of the update story, it explains a lot.

Rob


yeah, that caught my eye too...


A word only has power if you let it.. fucking idiots
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:56:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By wise_jake:

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.


All kidding aside for a moment: POS, whomever did it.

This kind of person isn't very far removed from the lady who left that dude stuck in her windshield.

I wonder if anyone has the numbers for OIF/OEF vets returning with hearing injuries?

[/serious]
Hey, zwvirtual; thanks for pulling/dragging me onto pg2.



Closer than you think. Both incidents happened in Fort Worth.

No wonder nearly every episode of COPS was filmed in FW.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:01:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By T-Ray:

Originally Posted By wise_jake:

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:


The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.


All kidding aside for a moment: POS, whomever did it.

This kind of person isn't very far removed from the lady who left that dude stuck in her windshield.

I wonder if anyone has the numbers for OIF/OEF vets returning with hearing injuries?

[/serious]
Hey, zwvirtual; thanks for pulling/dragging me onto pg2.



Closer than you think. Both incidents happened in Fort Worth.

No wonder nearly every episode of COPS was filmed in FW.


I see a bunch of them in St. Louis also.

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:17:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By kill-9:
The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over prior to officers' arrival, Sullivan said.


Wouldn't that bring additional charges?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:19:56 AM EST
Reminds me of the time in High School when we were playing around in the snow waiting for the bus and the vice principal came out and started yelling at a kid for being behind a fence in the wrong area (you know cause there was grass under the foot of snow). When the kid didn't respond he started yelling "What are you, DEAF????" and a few of us confirmed yes sir, that kid *is* deaf. Oops.

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