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Man Says Gas Station Clerk Pulled a Gun on Him for Topping Off His Fountain Soda

It's not easy working in gas station convenient stores. These shops are frequently targeted by petty thieves for some quick cash. They commonly get robbed, often by people who seem to be unstable, desperate or on drugs.

It's not surprising, then, that some of the workers in such establishment are a bit jittery, worried about being a victim.
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On the other hand, there are those who simply over-react, and there is no excuse for it.

One man says a gas station clerk threatened him with deadly force just because the customer topped off the soda he bought with some icy slushy. When police came to intervene, they sided with the clerk, and made the man pay for the drink twice, even though the attendant had knocked it out of his hands.

Tradarius Owens was going about his daily routine. The Memphis, Tennessee resident stopped for a cold fountain soda and some gas. As usual, he topped off his soda with some slushy mix to keep it cold. He says no one has ever questioned him doing this before.

Owens paid for his purchase, then returned to his vehicle. That's when he noticed something went wrong.

“I walked out to the pump and noticed that he shorted me on my gas,” Owens told WREG. “So I walked back in the store, and that’s when he called me all types of names. He said, ‘Get your black a-- out of here. You stole the slush.”

There is no word on the race of the clerk, but Owens just went back to the pump to avoid trouble. That's when others started warning him to 'watch out'. The angry clerk had followed him to the pump. The clerk knocked the drink in question all over the ground by the pumps.
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Victoria Thompson, who works next door, says she witnessed the incident outside. "All I seen was the gas station guy blowing up on him," she explained to reporters. "Like he was trying to... hit him."

She witnessed the clerk knock the drink out of the customer's hand.

Owens went back into the store to go find a manager to speak with, but the clerk got even more menacing and pulled a gun. “Before I could see the manager, he walked from behind the counter and put the gun to my head and said, ‘Get your black a** out of my store. I will f--king kill you myself,'” he said. “Why was a gun put to my head? I was scared for my life.”

Owens called the police to tell them what the clerk did, but trying to report the situation backfired on him. They threatened to take Owens to jail if he did not pay for the drink, which the clerk had knocked out of his hands and onto the floor, a second time. Owens, not wanting to make matters worse, complied. But now he's baffled at how he could have been treated this way, first by the clerk and then by police.
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Owens notes that if the police would have only reviewed the security camera footage, they would have seen the events as they unfolded. The clerk told police the owner had the password, and that the owner wasn't there so they couldn't check the film.

Owens is not ready to let this go, yet. He plans to file a police report and to press charges.

Source: Raw Story
Photos: Roadtrippers, WREG Screenshot

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