Monday, October 29, 2007
Eye "Witless" Account: Woman gets pushed to ground by cop and Whole Foods Sucks by Geniusofdespair
Granted, a woman did create a ruckus in the Whole Foods Store. Probably couldn't find the granola. I heard the screaming but couldn't see anything. She left with no one accompanying her -- on her own. She was headed for her car. A cop car pulled up. She turned around and walked towards the cop. She was agitated and I said to myself, Good Lord, this woman is going to get beat up. Sure enough the cop started to try to grab her. She got upset. She tried to pull away screaming in protest...he fell to the ground holding her, she was then slammed into the sidewalk. Four or five cop cars later, the well dressed woman was subdued.
I was trying to take pictures of what transpired. I really don't care what happened in the store. I was watching a woman walk to a police officer. So I started to take pictures because it appeared overkill to me and to others around me. What do you think happened next? The Whole Foods Manager stepped in front of my camera-phone 3 times to block it!! I said what do you think you are doing? He said: "You can't take pictures you are in front of my store." So I took a picture of him. He said: "What are you going to do with these pictures?" I said: "Put them on my blog."
How dare he tell me what I can do. Anyway, as you can see - my pictures are pretty shitty....except of the Whole Foods Store Manager. This wasn't about what happened in the store. This was about the police and the woman. Had the Whole Foods store manager stayed out of my picture the Whole Foods store would not have been a centerpiece of this story and now it is forever on the internet to scar their good apple pie image.
Funny, everyone that I have told this story to asked: "Was she black?" Odd that I got that reaction. Would this have happened to a white woman? I honestly think race didn't play a role. It was more a cops reaction (or over-reaction) to an agitated woman. He could have listened for a minute before touching her.