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Police: Man grew agitated he couldn't get some smokes at Fenway market, threatened clerk with gun after he was asked to leave

Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man they say pointed a gun at a clerk at Symphony Market, 291 Huntington Ave., yesterday afternoon after he "became agitated that the smoke shop portion of the store was currently closed."

According to police:

When the suspect was asked to leave, he made verbal threats to shoot the victim. Shortly after the suspect left the store, the victim observed the suspect driving by the storefront in a white SUV at which time the suspect stopped the vehicle and pointed a silver revolver at the victim. The suspect then fled the area.

Detectives quickly tracked Dayne Taylor, 39, down to Itasca Street in Mattapan, where they arrested him on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, police say, adding they did not recover a weapon from his vehicle.

Innocent, etc.

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"became agitated that the smoke shop portion of the store was currently closed."

Everyone has their breaking point. Maybe the politics of closing the smoke shop looked good, but the clerk could have easily lost a head in a pistol discharge.

During times of stress, keep the damn smokeshops open.

Might avoid some tragedy.
"How did Uncle Bob die? Corona?"
"No, he was killed by a stressed out gunman because the government thought it was a good idea to try to ban what he wanted in a time of stress. Tobacco."

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If you saw some of the characters that congregate around there you'd see why this happened. Everybody needs to stop blaming the damn virus for crimes happening in these convenience stores in areas frequented by smacked out people.

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Might as well give in to the entitled assholes with anger management problems.

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acute nicotine withdrawal is a very serious state of mind

No excuse for the gun or the behavior but those withdrawal symptoms a very real problem

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...gas stations and convenience stores are freaking everywhere. Dude was probably just angry he couldn't buy his favorite brand from the most convenient location.

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I'm disappointed about Juuls being smoke shop only, because, yes, c-stores are everywhere, but they cant sell Juuls. I'd been off cigarettes for over half a year, bought a supply for the initially announced lockdown period, ran out, back to cigarettes.

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... from not smoking a cigarette. But many, many people have died from cigarette smoke.

Now when someone’s smoke gets up your nose you wonder what virus got up there along with it.

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Is there nowhere else where he could DRIVE to get some smokes EXACTLY WHEN HE WANTED?

Give me a break. Who threatens a retail clerk with a gun just because the shop doesn’t have what he wants to buy or can’t wait when the shop is selling?

A dangerous psychopath, that’s who.

Now shutting off alcohol sales can lead to death from withdrawal.
That reminds me, I’m out of beer.

Too bad, but personally I’m not going to suffer withdrawal symptoms greater than crankiness so I can wait.

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But he didn’t die. Your imaginary scenario has not happened. Now this punk has been locked up thanks in part to them not being able to buy cigarettes. It’s a happy ending.

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shops are non-essential businesses, but that doesn't mean it's hard to get your nic fix somewhere. That neighborhood does not lack for options, especially at 2pm. I don't recall if Huntington Wine & Spirits carries tobacco products, but it's right next door.

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1) I don't feel like copying and pasting it, but I'm sure you all know the final verse of Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special" by now, so, yeah, that's how I feel about the perp, especially since he was dumb enough to drive away in his own vehicle.

1A) What anger from Dayne Taylor. Hopefully love will lead him back. He was born like six years before her first hit, so you can't blame Mom and Dad on that one.

2) The state also sucks for restricting commerce.

3) Fun Will LaTulippe fact: First time I got laid was in the building across the street.

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You have my vote Will.

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Now I see why they call you nice.

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Was it during a performance of Ravel's Bolero?

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When my account is approved, I'll be responding to everyone. You people do understand there is a video of this rite? It will show Mr Taylor purchasing an item out of the smoke shop which is open, I don't know why this article is saying there closed and that's what's this is about. It was not about that at all. Yall believe anything. To bad there is a cd of the situation and thats why I'm typing this now. Free,, hours later. No gun at all,, yall really believe anything without posting dout. Those clerks are on video being aggressive (4 of them, not 1)and they used the N word several times,, 1 being restrained from wanting to attack Mr Taylor, etc There is a VIDEO. Did I point a gun or STICK my middle finger up at them and then tha tuff guys in tha store in return call the police and waste yall tax money on a bogus call

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if your account of the incident is true, that is truly awful. What are the chances that this video will be made public?

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has to restrict commerce. I've got relatives and friends who can't work, including one with a baby on the way, to say nothing of a few tens of thousands of people I love and admire in the restaurant and bar business, and many other small businesses I support, that are deeply hurting right now and face an uncertain future. I'm afraid for my friends who work in healthcare, too.

I'm privileged, fortunate, grateful to still be working at the moment, not dependent on food writing to pay my rent and grocery bills and health insurance. But my livelihood is at risk, too. Still, I think it's the right thing to do at this moment, and I don't think the fault lies with our local leaders.

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