Houston, TX – Authorities are saying that a Wal-Mart worker intentionally hit a customer with his car, but this isn’t the classic tale of the frustrated and disillusioned employee you may have been expecting.
Wal-Mart employee Lance Jason Ferguson has been charged with aggravated assault by police after ramming into high school senior Dominique Mason with his car. The 33-year-old Ferguson didn’t intentionally hit the teen out of any sort of personal vendetta – it’s not like the two had a confrontation, or that Ferguson is a frustrated employee that just couldn’t take it anymore. Ferguson’s reason? Company loyalty, reports Newser.
Ferguson apparently struck Mason with his car to stop him from shoplifting from the store, reports Click2Houston. Interestingly, young Mason admitted that he considered stealing some video games and DVDs, but had a last-minute change of heart and put them back. Mason then started home, and was stalked by Ferguson. the Wal-Mart vigilante then allegedly hit Mason with his car, jumped out, and told him to never come back to the Houston Wal-Mart ever again. Though Mason rolled up the hood of the car, he was able to walk home, and later went to the hospital for back injuries.
As for Ferguson? He said that he did not drive to work that day and denied the incident in question. However, Wal-Mart surveillance shows him leaving the store for about 10 minutes and returning in a car similar to the one described by Mason. The Wal-Mart vigilante is now behind bars and out of a job.
For Mason’s part, he doesn’t seem terribly bitter about the incident, and considers it a wake-up call. “Changed a little but how life is, how much meaning we have — how much meaning I have,” he said.
You can watch the video report about the cautionary tale of the Wal-Mart vigilante and the would-be shoplifter here.