Elderly Walmart Greeter Hit With Milk Jugs

Police say an elderly Walmart greeter was assaulted by a young man he thought may have been shoplifting.

New Bern police have charged 25-year-old Austin Stusalite with simple assault after the attack Monday night.

83-year-old John McClean says he saw a young man leaving the store with two one-gallon milk jugs that weren't in a bag. McClean says he asked for a receipt, but the man kept walking away. McClean says he reached for the customer who then turned and hit him with the milk.

Another customer was able to stop and hold the suspect until police arrived.

Officers did confirm that Stusalite did pay for the milk.


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  • by anon Location: wallace on Dec 21, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    TO ROB, ya need to read NC G.S. 15A-404. a private citizen can not arrest but can detain until the ploce arrive for certain illegal violations in NC. a wal mart greeter is considered a private citizen. they can detain witout moving them other than to an office for police to arrive for the following OR SUSPECT OR PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELEIVE AN OFFENSE OF THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN COMMITTED FELONY,BREACH OF PEACE,CRIME FOR INJURY TO OTHERS,THEFT OR SUSPECTED THEFT or DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. hold for police without movement other than an office until police arrive. so there is no citizens arrest , there is a citizens detainment allowed by law under nc gs 15a-404. hope this helps out for anyone that encounters this situation. MERRY CHRISTMAS
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    Can you imagine how this guy's mom feels? Or was she around when he was growing up?
  • by To Nathan... on Dec 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Read the story the last line confirms that officers say he DID pay for the milk.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 20, 2009 at 01:08 AM
    Anonymous, you set one down, reach in your pocket, and show the man your receipt. Hitting the guy and running for dear life implies he didn't have one. Does it actually say anywhere the guy paid for the milk? If he did, a lot does not add up. I'm thinking he stole it. Why else clobber an old man over the head and run?
  • by Mark Location: Bath on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    This 25 year old should be "Milk Boarded". I guess this is why we don't have a Milkman anymore. I miss the good ol' days.
  • by Once Again Location: ayden on Dec 19, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Hey Actual Witness...Get the heck off of your cell phone and pay attention!!!!! The Greeter has a job..and you do too...Get off the phone, show him your receipt and get out of the store!!!! Then you can get on your &*^^$%$# phone!!!! I'm sure that was an important call....HEHEHEHEHe
  • by restraining on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    did this guy restrain the milk jug dude or reach for him? the story said he reached for him. and if a walmart greeter asks for a receipt you better give them your receipt. thats their job. if you had a busy store youd want to do inventory control as well.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    how can you show a reciept holding 2 jugs of milk in your hands?
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    In North Carolina you cannot physical restrain anyone (unless you are a sworn officer)there is no citizens arrest. As wrong as it seems all the greeter can legally do is follow the suspect until Police arrive. He may end up with all the milk he every needs at no charge and the greeter may be unemployed.
  • by Cool Willie Location: Gville on Dec 18, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    hey dawgs whas'up? I be chillin' it, jes hangin' n' brown-baggin' it wit' my boys in da crib, an we be talkin' 'bout dis' greeter deal at wallyworld. i know that old dude not be puttin' his hands on ME -- know what I'm say'n? All right! I be pay'n fo my milk and I be down the road -- know what I'm say'n? Old dude should STEP ASIDE! Cool Willie is about to leave da house!
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