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Man learns you can't start groping woman even if you think she stole your wallet

A man who accused the woman behind him in line at the Cleveland Circle Dunkin' Donuts of stealing his wallet was arrested after the woman and witnesses said he went beyond accusing her and and started frisking her.

A Boston Police sergeant told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that when the man first accused the woman behind him of taking his wallet around 3:30 p.m. on June 26, he demanded workers behind the counter at the 1955 Beacon Street shop call 911. When they refused, the D-14 sergeant said, he took matters into his own hand, including feeling the woman's breasts.

The sergeant told the board that had an employee called 911 immediately, that might have defused the situation, but that under the circumstances, he had no choice but to arrest the man on a charge of indecent assault and battery.

According to police, the man was in front of the woman when he briefly slipped and bumped back into her. When he got to the counter, he realized he didn't have his wallet and accused her of taking it and demanded it back, police said.

The woman opened her purse to show him she did not and tried to get around him, but after workers refused his demand to call 911, he blocked her from moving and began feeling her up, police said. Several other people in line then separated the two and called 911, police said.

A Dunkin' Donuts manager said one worker behind the counter recognized the woman as a regular, didn't think she could possibly have taken the guy's wallet and started yelling at the man to leave her alone before coming out from behind to help get him away. He said another worker did call 911, but police said the call may have been made after the man demanded the workers call police.

The licensing board could decide Thursday what action, if any, to take on a citation police issued to the Dunkin' Donuts for the assault and for "failure to call E911 upon request by patron." Board members might delay any action pending receipt of video and 911 records from the scene and the call history of the worker who said she called police.



Okay. Easier to blame it on someone in line behind you and do something stupid than to step out of line and go get it off your desk or out of your car from that spot where it usually ends up when you *lost* it.

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... in the late 1970s, in New York, there emerged the story of the man walking across Central Park at night. A jogger running the other way bumped into him. Reflexively feeling for his wallet, as one did in those days due to rampant pocket-picking, the man found nothing in his pocket.

Being large, in good shape, and full of adrenaline, he whirled around, caught up to the jogger, grabbed him by the shoulders and shouted, "Give me the f---ing wallet!". The jogger meekly complied. The man, heart racing, now realizing how foolhardy he had been, and fearing getting shot or stabbed by the mugger once the element of surprise had worn off, stuffed the wallet in his pocket and hightailed it home...

... where to his dismay he found his own wallet on his dresser, and a complete stranger's wallet in his pocket.

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Dave Eggers wrote about finding his "stolen" wallet on his bureau at home, after harrasing some teens (I think) who he assumed had stolen it when he discovered it missing while out. See "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius".

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If somebody could live tweet the licensing board hearing I would appreciate it.

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