Woman berates CVS manager for calling police on black shoplifters: ‘They could have lost their lives’


WASHINGTON, DC Apparently calling the police on suspected shoplifters is now a shameful act deserving of protests outside your business – at least, that’s the way Charity Sade sees things.

A CVS Pharmacy employee in D.C. had called the police on two suspected shoplifters who were black and all that resulted was the pair were trespassed from the store.

No arrest, no citation – just a simple “sign here and don’t come back.” Overall, a fairly simple situation and pretty favorable for the alleged shoplifters.

However, that did not sit well with self-proclaimed comedian Charity Sade. So, she decided to record the employee who contacted police about the shoplifting incident and harass him on camera.

The exchange shows the character between the two involved, in that Sade is approaching the situation from an overly catastrophic perspective and the employee maintains a calm, rational tone and outlook.

Sade starts the video by noting that she’s a local who frequently shops at that CVS, but then confronts the store manager with the question:

“May I ask why you called the police on those two men?”

The store employee responded to the inquiry by explaining to Sade the corporate policy regarding shoplifting and trespassing of alleged thieves:

“CVS policy dictates that if there are shoplifters that exit the store with merchandise unpaid for, then we need to get the police involved. And if the police apprehend them, we issue a barring notice.”

The employee stated that he could have opted to pursue charges but instead explained to her that he bore no interest in criminal charges and just wanted to trespass the alleged shoplifters:

“But I actually did not elect to press charges. I just wanted to say, ‘Hey look, I just want them to know they can’t come in here anymore because they shoplifted and I just need them to sign that.’ The officers obliged and the guys said the same thing, thank you, and they left.”

All things considered, that’s a pretty sweet deal for the two alleged thieves.

But apparently the mere fact that the store employee called the police on suspected shoplifters is what triggered Sade – more specifically that the suspected shoplifters were black.

It’s reminiscent of that video that cropped up online of  BLM protesters chanting:

“Who do we protect? Black criminals.”

According to Sade, people shouldn’t call the police on black perpetrators at all because it is (in her mind) a matter of life and death for black suspects:

“It’s not your merchandise, it’s the store’s – so you know what happens [when the police are called on] black men – or black people? And you decided to call the police on two black people that stole – that allegedly took something – from the store because you’re willing to uphold the policy – and they could have lost their lives.”

That stretch of logic obviously didn’t shake the employee, who responded with the following:

“We can agree to disagree on this. Because I don’t work for you. I follow my company’s policies – not your policies. So, I can appreciate your concern.”

Yet, Sade continues with what’s commonly referred to as a strawman argument, by equating calling the police on alleged black offenders as being tantamount to being complicit or even OK with a black person being killed:

“So you’re willing to risk someone’s life for what, $30,000 a year?”

The framing provided by Sade can be compared to a person driving a car to the store to get groceries and someone claiming “so you’re willing to risk your life and the lives of others by operating a two-ton, mobilized weapon that travels at high rates of speed?” – it’s a rather extreme characterization and exaggeration.

Once again, the employee reiterates that there really wasn’t any calamity afoot by him informing the police about alleged shoplifters:

“There was no risk in my opinion. Thank you, you have a great night.”

At that point, Sade continues to make a scene in the CVS and starts asking for the employee’s name. The employee responds with:

“My name is store manager.”

Another employee, who happens to be black, looks generally uncomfortable and appears to be trying to act as though he’s not even there when Sade asks him:

“What is his name?”

The manager then explains to Sade that no one is going to relinquish names when she’s obviously trying to create a scene and rally up some manufactured outrage online:

“No one is going to tell you my name when you’re sitting here videotaping us so you can try to [solicit] some sort of violence against me – it’s not going to happen.”

Continuing with her bizarre perspective that he engaged in some attempt to bring harm against the two alleged shoplifters, Sade responds with:

“You just [solicited] violence against two black men by calling the police on them.”

Reintroducing common sense into the exchange, the employee explained that basically nothing happened to the two shoplifters and that was after the fact that one was discovered to have had an active warrant for his arrest:

“They got to peacefully walk away – when one of them had a warrant and could have been arrested and the cops still let him go.”

Trying to rile up the black employee, who still looks extremely uncomfortable during the display, Sade references him again in an attempt to get a reaction because he happens to be black:

“Just listen to yourself, you work with black folks.”

Guess what happened next? If you guessed a protest outside of the CVS then you’d be right.

About 20 protesters gathered for three hours Sept. 16 outside the CVS after Sade posted the video online. And yes, the protest was confirmed by one of the demonstrators to have been linked to the store employee calling the police on the black shoplifters.

The unidentified protester spoke with a journalist from The Georgetowner, saying that he used to be a CVS manager in Virginia:

“If we suspected a customer of shoplifting, we had to have firsthand or video proof before calling the police. That didn’t happen here.”

However, there’s no way for that protester to have possibly known what evidence the store employee did or did not have in relation to the complaint made to authorities.

Cmdr. Duncan Bedlion of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District confirmed the events relayed by the store employee and noted that merchandise “was returned.” That certainly is telling of what went down at the CVS.

Bedlion said:

“The manager of the CVS flagged down officers to report a theft. Two subjects were stopped, the property was returned to CVS and the subjects were barred at the request of the establishment.”

The absurdity of BLM fanatics knows no bounds.

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Law Enforcement Today recently brought you another perspective on how to handle shoplifters:

NASHVILLE, TN – People are getting sick of the miscreants who are destroying businesses, looting stores and generally causing mayhem. An 88-year-old Nashville woman had had enough when a suspected shoplifter tried to steal from her liquor store back in June.

May Boyce said that she has received congratulations from people nationwide for taking a stand against the would-be thief. Boyce spoke with The Tennessee Star:

“I am very humbled to the reception I have received from the neighborhood and all over the country. I just am so thankful.

“They tell me to take care of myself — and they also tell me that I should have finished him off.”

Boyce was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault in connection with shooting the unidentified man at her store, Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines. She said that she believed that the man and an accomplice were stealing from the store. She was arrested by the Metro Nashville Police.

Boyce however disagrees with the official account provided by Metro Nashville PD.

“I did not think they were stealing. I saw them stealing . . . That is one thing I want to be corrected. It did happen. I am sorry it did. But that’s the position I am in right now.”

“I just didn’t want them to steal anymore from me because they have already robbed me blind as it is. When he lunged at me, I thought, ‘No more.’ Because it hasn’t been all that long, maybe a month ago, that this occurred, and they tried to steal two cases and knock me down. All of that stuff. I guess that was the stopping point.”

Boyce said she is 95-percent sure the same man had stolen from her before. She said she had contacted the police many times previously and complained that “all they did was just come out and write it up.”

She said that she didn’t have a chance to tell the would-be thief that he wasn’t welcome in the store.

“Now. They don’t give you time before to say anything. They run in, and then they grab and run,” she said.

Boyce, who has managed the store since 1994, complained that nothing ever seems to be resolved. She said:

“Criminals get away with whatever. And that is not right for anybody to take that. And that’s where I felt like the justice system should be out here and feel some of the problems that we are having.”

Boyce, who stands all of 5 feet, 3 inches and weighs 115 pounds, told police that she picked up her late mother’s .38 Smith and Wesson snub-nosed revolver and shot the shoplifter.

She told the New York Post: “I did what I had to do, and I hope word gets out on the street that I’m fed up and I’m not taking it anymore. You’ve got to stick up for yourself sometimes.”

“I did what I had to do. After you’ve been played for a fool by people stealin’ from you for years, you get fed up. And don’t put me in the category of a little old lady. I know how to take care of myself.”

Boyce said that she shot the shoplifter in the back, even though she wasn’t aiming for him. 

“I never shot a gun before. But I guess it’s something that comes natural. I aimed at the floor to scare him.”

Boyce told the Post that she’s “a people person. I like to work.”

Police told her it might be two years before she’s able to get the confiscated gun back.

“I told ‘em shit, I might be dead by then,” Boyce said. “But the law’s the law.”

The suspect was identified as Ramon Fisher. May claimed that Fisher had “lunged” at her and she thought he was going to push her down. He started running toward the exit when she shot him.

Fisher was picked up by an unknown person and dropped off at another store and from there was transported to the hospital.

He told investigators that he had been intoxicated and using drugs and admitted planning to steal liquor from Boyce’s store with his friends, according to a police affidavit.

Fisher changed his story the next day and said that he had been planning to pay for the liquor and was walking, not running, to the exit when he was shot in the back.

An Associated Press wire story cited by ABC News sought to bring race into the incident:

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An 88-year-old white woman [emphasis added] in Tennessee who was arrested for allegedly shooting a man she suspected to be taking alcohol from her liquor store said she was ‘fed up’ with people stealing from her.

The shooting happened last week after two Black men [emphasis added] walked into May Boyce’s Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines in Nashville, according to an affidavit obtained by the Associated Press.”

Why bring race into this? Race had nothing to do with the incident. An 88-year-old woman working in a store was a victim of a shoplifting. Does it make a difference what her race was, or the race of the alleged shoplifters? And we wonder why we have a race problem in this country.

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