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Angry cashier attacked deaf man, police say
Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Oct 4, 2007 | Alex Branch

Posted on 10/05/2007 6:07:30 AM PDT by tuffydoodle

FORT WORTH -- A store cashier struck a deaf customer in the head with a crowbar after he mistook the man's silence for rudeness and disrespect, police said.

The cashier, Ricky Benard Young, 20, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The customer, Cody Goodnight, 31, suffered "a large knot" on his head during the incident, which occurred Saturday at the Family Dollar Store at 4117 E. Lancaster Ave.

"I can't believe someone would hit him for not speaking," said Goodnight's mother, Kay Goodnight. "When you're deaf, you don't make a point of starting conversations with people."

Young's defense attorney, Mark Price, said Thursday that he was recently assigned the case and declined to comment.

Kay Goodnight called police after her injured son returned home from the store late Saturday morning. When officers arrived, she translated her son’s story to officers using sign language, said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a police spokesman.

Cody Goodnight said he had walked several blocks from their house to the Family Dollar to buy a soft drink for his 5-year-old son. Inside the store, he put the soda on the counter to pay.

The cashier tried to speak to him but got angry when Goodnight didn't respond, Goodnight told police. The cashier threw Goodnight's change at him, scattering it on the floor.

As Goodnight picked it up, the cashier hit him in the side of the head with the crowbar, Goodnight said.

Officers went to the store, where Young immediately asked if they were there about what "happened earlier," Sullivan said. The cashier told officers that he had tried to start a friendly conversation with Goodnight but that Goodnight wouldn't acknowledge him.

At one point, Young told officers, Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature, Sullivan said. Young told officers he struck Goodnight because he thought Goodnight was going to assault him.

After officers told Young that Goodnight was deaf and unable to communicate verbally, Young responded "Oh," Sullivan said.

"Upon further investigation, it appeared the suspect became frustrated when the victim wouldn't respond or acknowledge his attempts to converse," Sullivan said. "He became outraged and struck the victim in an unwarranted attack." The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over before the officers got there, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday.

Cody Goodnight was treated at the hospital for his injury but still has pain in his head and neck, Kay Goodnight said Thursday.

Deaf since the age of 2, when he suffered a high fever, Goodnight speaks in guttural sounds -- "deaf speak" as his mother calls it.

His stepfather, Barry Adair, said Goodnight doesn't like talking to strangers.

"He gets embarrassed because people make fun of the way he talks," Adair said. "He's not trying to be rude or unfriendly. You just can't understand him unless you're around him a lot."

Emily Robinson, a Fort Worth deafness resource specialist, said that while it is unusual for a deaf person to be attacked, misunderstandings are common. People sometimes take deaf people for rude when they are unresponsive, she said.

"It is a really big problem," Robinson said. "Businesses should be professional and sensitive to deaf people. There are training workshops about the deaf culture and what to expect in interactions with us."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; deaf; idiot; jena6; jessejackson; racialinnature
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My first thought when I'm disrespected is to hit someone in the head with a crowbar.
1 posted on 10/05/2007 6:07:32 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: tuffydoodle

what?


2 posted on 10/05/2007 6:09:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: NonValueAdded

I’m kidding. sorry, I forgot the sarcasm tag.


3 posted on 10/05/2007 6:10:32 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: tuffydoodle

My father is almost completely deaf (old age). When I’m out with him, I’ve noticed that some people just don’t comprehend.


4 posted on 10/05/2007 6:11:00 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: tuffydoodle

“My first thought when I’m disrespected is to hit someone in the head with a crowbar.”

yeah, yeah...that is what my mom always taught me! LOL!


5 posted on 10/05/2007 6:11:31 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: tuffydoodle

I like the part about the racist comment.


6 posted on 10/05/2007 6:11:31 AM PDT by rocksblues (Just enforce the law!)
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To: wallcrawlr

fyi.


7 posted on 10/05/2007 6:12:13 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: tuffydoodle

Young Ricky felt “dissed”.

This demands a response (in certain quarters).

Suspect there was probably also a racial component here that wasn’t mentioned in the article.


8 posted on 10/05/2007 6:12:14 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: tuffydoodle
The whole idea of "disrespect" is stupid. If you treat others with respect (and refrain from hitting them with a crowbar) then -- most likely -- you will be treated with respect. And even if you are not, you can maintain your own dignity by continuing to be a civilized human.

But this is clearly too much to ask of some people.

9 posted on 10/05/2007 6:13:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

It was mentioned. Nevermind.


10 posted on 10/05/2007 6:14:02 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: tuffydoodle

I believe “Family Dollar” is going to be renamed “Goodnight Dollar”. What a jackass cashier.


11 posted on 10/05/2007 6:14:33 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: tuffydoodle

lemme see, he bops the guy upside the haid with a crowbar, then he erases the security tape (tampering with evidence anyone?) THEN when confroneted by the cops he plays the race card.

ought to make the libs proud.


12 posted on 10/05/2007 6:14:35 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: tuffydoodle
Young's defense attorney, Mark Price, said Thursday that he was recently assigned the case and declined to comment.

Translation: "My client is a stupid idiot, but I can't publicly admit that right now, so I'd rather not say anything at all."

13 posted on 10/05/2007 6:14:54 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan)
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At one point, Young told officers, Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature,
14 posted on 10/05/2007 6:15:13 AM PDT by rocksblues (Just enforce the law!)
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To: tuffydoodle

Actually, I was kidding too and now wish I hadn’t been so flip. My condolences to the deaf man and his family and prayers that there was no permanent damage. The clerk was waaaay out of line and what happened to the surveilance tape is a likely indicator that the clerk knows it too.


15 posted on 10/05/2007 6:15:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: tuffydoodle

Just think about it. This is the reason we had to raise the minimum wage so that we could hire real correctional officers that would correct the public. Way to go Congress. The brightest and the best to our aid.


16 posted on 10/05/2007 6:15:52 AM PDT by gunnedah
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"after he mistook the man's silence for rudeness and disrespect"

Guess that whole "The customer's always right" thing hasn't sunk in with the younger generation.

17 posted on 10/05/2007 6:17:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: tuffydoodle; Hoodlum91; wallcrawlr
After officers told Young that Goodnight was deaf and unable to communicate verbally, Young responded "Oh," Sullivan said.

Loved his heartfelt apology, too.

18 posted on 10/05/2007 6:18:49 AM PDT by Chanticleer (I want God, I want Poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.)
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To: tuffydoodle

What a total waste of flesh that cashier is.


19 posted on 10/05/2007 6:21:56 AM PDT by RockinRight (Can we start calling Fred "44" now, please?)
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To: gunnedah
Just think about it. This is the reason we had to raise the minimum wage so that we could hire real correctional officers that would correct the public. Way to go Congress. The brightest and the best to our aid.

Also prolly a good reason why any one with business sense would avoid hiring people that subscribe Young's "ways"...

20 posted on 10/05/2007 6:22:30 AM PDT by NativeSon (off the Rez without a pass...)
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To: tuffydoodle

"My first thought when people don't understand me is to whap them upside the head. Pay attention boy, I said, pay attention."

21 posted on 10/05/2007 6:22:39 AM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: tuffydoodle

Unless in the military, I don’t know of any 20 year old that deserves respect. What has a 20 year old working as a cashier done to earn respect?


22 posted on 10/05/2007 6:24:38 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Chanticleer
After officers told Young that Goodnight was deaf and unable to communicate verbally, Young responded "Oh," Sullivan said.

I could think of something to follow the "Oh"-- and it rhymes with SPIT.
23 posted on 10/05/2007 6:27:24 AM PDT by macmedic892 (I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.)
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To: tuffydoodle
Emily Robinson, a Fort Worth deafness resource specialist, said that while it is unusual for a deaf person to be attacked, misunderstandings are common. People sometimes take deaf people for rude when they are unresponsive, she said.

This happens quite frequently with my deaf wife, especially in stores. A clerk once greeted my wife, who naturally did not hear the greeting. As my wife walked away, I heard the clerk mutter "Bitch!" under her breath. I walked up to the clerk and informed her of my wife's deafness, and she turned all shades of red and apologized. Wanting to display more dignity than that little tart ever could, I walked away.

24 posted on 10/05/2007 6:27:53 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: rocksblues
I like the part about the racist comment.

Yep. That's an old KKK tactic for sure.

What next? Bash a blind person for not looking him in the eye.

25 posted on 10/05/2007 6:28:24 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: tuffydoodle

I am nearly totally deaf. I know the feeling, though I never have been assaulted with a crowbar. Some people get upset when you don’t speak to them. I just turn my head and point to my hearing aid when they get a little look on their faces................


26 posted on 10/05/2007 6:29:31 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: camle
lemme see, he bops the guy upside the haid with a crowbar [ala Cynthia McKinney], then he erases the security tape (tampering with evidence anyone?) [ala Sandy Berger], THEN when confroneted by the cops he plays the race card [ala Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton].

To the libs, this guy is all of their best rolled into one!

SuperLib!

27 posted on 10/05/2007 6:30:28 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: tuffydoodle
"..The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over before the officers got there, Sullivan said.

A corporate spokesman for the Family Dollar Store did not return a phone message Thursday. .."

The erased surveillance tape may end up costing Family Dollar.

28 posted on 10/05/2007 6:30:33 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: tuffydoodle

WTF?????????

My jaw just hit the floor.


29 posted on 10/05/2007 6:33:08 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: r-q-tek86

Damn, you Texans are a rough sort...


30 posted on 10/05/2007 6:33:21 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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So let's get this straight. The kid attacked him because he didn't communicate, right? And because the victim was a white guy, he lied about why he did it, trying to blame the victim...

What next, he gets prosecuted for his crime and all the race pimps show up to defend him? John Mellonhead writes a song about racist oppression?

Why don't blacks who falsely play the race card ever get prosecuted for it?

31 posted on 10/05/2007 6:35:14 AM PDT by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: tuffydoodle
Cody Goodnight, photographed Thursday, was hit in the head with a metal club by a clerk who mistook his silence for disrespect. Goodnight is deaf. (Star-Telegram/Khampha Bouaphanh)
STAR-TELEGRAM / KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH
Cody Goodnight, photographed Thursday, was hit in the head with a metal club by a clerk who mistook his silence for disrespect. Goodnight is deaf. (Star-Telegram/Khampha Bouaphanh)

32 posted on 10/05/2007 6:36:24 AM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: tuffydoodle
"Upon further investigation, it appeared the suspect became frustrated when the victim wouldn't respond or acknowledge his attempts to converse," Sullivan said. "He became outraged and struck the victim in an unwarranted attack." The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over before the officers got there, Sullivan said.

GUILTY!!!!
Of assault and destroying evidence it seems.

33 posted on 10/05/2007 6:36:46 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: tuffydoodle
At one point, Young told officers, Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature . . . The store's surveillance tape was erased or taped over before the officers got there, Sullivan said.

Sounds like Young is pretty crafty - automatically playing the race card and destroying the evidence.

He needs to go away for a while so he can think.

34 posted on 10/05/2007 6:38:11 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: tuffydoodle

I hope it’s assault with a deadly weapon. And since the perp brought up race himself, how about a racially motivated attack as well.


35 posted on 10/05/2007 6:38:37 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: camle

I wonder what his DU name is???


36 posted on 10/05/2007 6:41:34 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas , Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: tuffydoodle
...problem being there are no marches on city hall. Or calls to the mayors office, or enough MSM coverage shoving
microphones in city officials faces.
37 posted on 10/05/2007 6:45:14 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: tuffydoodle

He needs to work on his Customer Service skills.


38 posted on 10/05/2007 6:46:42 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: tuffydoodle
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39 posted on 10/05/2007 6:47:16 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: tuffydoodle

This is not good. But good is what a “Judge” is going to do to this clown.

Sensitivity training. 100 days community service at a deaf school. Then, for good measure, another 100 days at the school for the blind and another 100 days at the seeing eye dog training facility shoveling poo. Then some monetary damages, then a handwritten apology, etc.

Before it’s over this clerk will be offering up one of his own ears!


40 posted on 10/05/2007 6:53:12 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: tuffydoodle

What was he doing with a crowbar at the cash register? They (the store management) apparently approved. I go to family dollar occasionally to buy toiletries and cleaning supplies but I have never found crowbars for sale


41 posted on 10/05/2007 6:53:59 AM PDT by Fast Ed97
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To: dennisw

I see the racial angle now.


42 posted on 10/05/2007 7:00:33 AM PDT by Menehune56 (Oderint Dum Metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear - Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC)))
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To: tuffydoodle

FREE THE FORT WORTH ONE! DOWN WITH THE MAN!


43 posted on 10/05/2007 7:01:56 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: edcoil

Unless in the military, I don’t know of any 20 year old that deserves respect. What has a 20 year old working as a cashier done to earn respect?.....

He has a BIG crowbar....


44 posted on 10/05/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT by thinking
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

“Young Ricky felt “dissed”.”

Well, hell, he should have shot the guy, not hit him with a crowbar.

How will Ricky ever hold his head up in public again? /s


45 posted on 10/05/2007 7:08:25 AM PDT by EEDUDE
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To: rocksblues
At one point, Young told officers, Goodnight mumbled something that Young thought was racial in nature

The article purposely doesn't state Young's race but that sentence tells us what we want to know.

White people always act out when Blacks seem to disrespect them. /sarcasm

What a cowardly act to blindside the guy with a crowbar.

46 posted on 10/05/2007 7:09:21 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: crazydad

LOL


47 posted on 10/05/2007 7:17:25 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: rocksblues
I like the part about the racist comment.

Jesse and Al will be on this and it will soon be known to all that the deaf guy is the assailant and the cashier is the victim.

48 posted on 10/05/2007 7:21:53 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: tuffydoodle

Who keeps a crowbar at a register? I’ve never seen the cashiers at Wal-Mart with a crowbar—of course, I’ve never dissed one either.


49 posted on 10/05/2007 7:27:03 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: tuffydoodle

No more Mr. Goodwrench!


50 posted on 10/05/2007 7:27:18 AM PDT by mathurine
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