Summary: Couple tries to intimidate woman, witness uses cell phone to shoot video, they try to break the phone - also caught on video, then flee before police arrive - forgetting that their license plate is also on video.
When I got my Motorola V635, I didn't buy it for the camera, or for its ability to shoot videos up to 4 minutes in length
It started with a trip to Canadian Tire to pick up some rice cookers on sale (my sister wanted one, and I figured I'd pick up two more for christmas gifts). They were out, even though it was the first day of the sale
WallyWorld was about a minute further down the road, and I'd have to pass it on the way home, so what the heck, why not stop there and see what they had
Just outside the entrance, I saw and heard (and I'm sure you could hear it a block away) a man and a woman screaming at another woman - "We're calling the police. You're going to go to jail
Anyway, I found out later that this was all because the couple who were doing all the shouting stopped in the exit, blocking people from leaving, and didn't like that someone *gasp* actually make physical contact with them. On a Saturday afternoon. When they're blocking a jam-packed store exit. In the busiest Wallyworld in the country. Oh, quelle horreur! Get Oprah! Dr. Phil! the Enquirer! Allo Police!
For this "crime", the couple were threatening the woman, telling her that she was going to jail, that he was a 4th year law student and knew the law; they also called the woman "dirty", "filthy", and a bunch of other stuff.
So I took out my cell phone and started shooting video. This way, either everyone would just leave rather than end up on youtube, or when the police arrived, it wouldn't be a question of "he said, she said
The guy tried to make me stop, first by trying to physically block me, and trying to get me to back away, and then by threatening to sue ME for "violating his right to privacy". Then making allusions to how scared I must be of him. Stupid thing to say right up close and in the camera - it makes it clear that you're trying to intimidate someone via fear.
I just held the phone over his shoulder and continued shooting, and told him he didn't have any such "right to privacy" in a public place. What was he going to do - call the cops?
Speaking of which, why hadn't they called the police yet, instead of just shouting at the woman about how they were going to call them, and she was going to jail for assault? Something not adding up
Anyway, the guy went to put stuff in his Jeep Liberty (illegally parked, and I found out afterwards that all this time there was a kid of around 7 in there!?!), so I continued recording, and got some video of his license plate as well, then returned to continue capturing the shouting match (okay - it wasn't a match - it was pretty one-sided). The woman doing all the shouting didn't like that I was still shooting video, so she knocked the phone out of my hand and onto the concrete. It "sort of" came apart
I also told them that I was calling the police, and not to leave.
At that point, her partner, Mr. 4th-Year-Law-Student, panicked and told her to get in the Jeep so they could take off. Suddenly, they didn't want to be there when the police showed up! She got in the Jeep, rolled down the window, and - and I couldn't believe what I saw - she SPAT ON THE OTHER WOMAN!!!
I'm standing there, thinking "This is retarded!" when, for good measure, she opened the Jeep's door and threw an old cup of hot chocolate on me. Yeech!
I called 911, the police arrived, and that's when the woman who was the original victim was told to check her purse - it seems that there are people who go around causing scenes, then, when the person is distracted, swipe their money. Fortunately, everything was intact. Funny thing, when it came time to fill in the police report, its me who's the victim of a physical assault, and do I want to press charges? All things considered, yes. Can I email the videos? Sure thing.
The data on the chip was messed up. The phone probably wasn't designed for rapid disassembly and reassembly in the rain followed by a bath of hot chocolate. It took me 2 evenings and $100 for a chip reader and another chip to recover most of it. Sorry - the spitting scene and everything after didn't survive, but the important stuff survives.
The woman who was being shouted at kept saying how grateful she was that I had stopped. What gets me is how many people didn't stop. I saw people come out of the WalMart and wave to her in sympathy, because they had seen the original "event" that started all this as they were going *into* the store, Nobody stopped. Nobody told staff inside that there was a problem literally on their doorstep. Are people retarded? Don't they realize that what goes around comes around?
Okay, what you really want to know is - "Will I post it on-line?" Well, in fairness I'd have to edit it to remove any references to the woman who was being shouted at, or find some way to block out her face, unless she says otherwise. Still, I could probably edit it down to a minute of "highlights"
Anyone got a name for them as a "working title", in case I do post it?