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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."


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To: TexasCajun

I think this “clerk” dissed himself far more than anyone else could diss him.


51 posted on 10/05/2007 7:28:17 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: merry10; dmw; RoosterRe; Cinnamon Girl; MinorityRepublican; patriot_wes; SweetCaroline; ...

Deaf/Hard of Hearing ping list
with interests in health and society


52 posted on 10/05/2007 7:30:48 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Not only was he “dissed” - he thought he heard the deaf man mutter “something racial”.

This clearly calls for a killing blow to the head with a crowbar.

Time to stop replacing the fathers with government money in a certain culture’s homes, doncha think?


53 posted on 10/05/2007 7:31:22 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: tuffydoodle

I notice this cultural attribute regularly among minorities. “Aint nobody gonna diss me!!!” Last week at a cross country meet in a public park we had parents stationed to temporarily stop walkers from walking directly in front of finishing runners. Most people politely waited until there were no runners in sight. Not so a couple of empowered minority ladies who argued, fought and strutted their way in front of our runners, forcing the runners to go around them.


54 posted on 10/05/2007 7:33:03 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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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?

Hm. I find it helpful to assume that everybody is worthy of respect, unless they do something to prove otherwise.

Saves me the effort of having to decide, and I'm rarely disappointed. Interesting how that works....

That said, Mr. Young is probably not one of those who would justify my approach. In fact, I suspect he's not unknown among the local constabulary....

55 posted on 10/05/2007 7:34:51 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"The erased surveillance tape may end up costing Family Dollar."

Ain't it great...they're forced to hire these guys.

56 posted on 10/05/2007 7:46:24 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: tuffydoodle

This reminds me of something that happened to me in a restaurant bathroom.

I went in to change the baby’s diaper. While I was in the handicap stall where the changing table was, someone came in and tried to get into the stall. They made some sort of sound and went into another stall.

Well the baby was really messy, and I needed to wash my hands before I put her clothes back on, so I grabbed her up with my arms, trying not to use my hands and headed to the sink, leaving the clothes temporarily on the changing table.

While I was at the sink, and just as I was heading back to the stall, I see the person that had come in leave her stall and make a beeline toward the stall I was in. She must have felt the vibration of my door shutting when I left and really wanted to get into that stall.

I was saying, “Excuse me, Excuse me, I need to get back into the stall to get my baby’s clothes”, but she didn’t acknowledge me. (That’s when I grabbed a plunger and whacked her over the head:) Then it suddenly dawned on me with how she was feeling around to get into the stall that she was not only deaf but blind.

I hated to do it but I had to maneuver past her and get my baby’s clothes out before she could get in there. She made some kind of noise when I did this.

Anyway, it was a good thing I did get my baby’s clothes out of there, because I went back to the table, within eyesight of the bathrooms’ main door and she didn’t come out for about 20 minutes.


57 posted on 10/05/2007 7:50:48 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: blam
I am guessing a Manager erased the tape. If it was guy who hit the man covering his own crime Family Dollar may be ok.

I don't see Family Dollar paying enough to be choosy about employees.

58 posted on 10/05/2007 7:54:04 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: tuffydoodle

Ricky probably mistook Cody’s ASL for the wrong gang sign.


59 posted on 10/05/2007 7:57:51 AM PDT by Strzelec
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To: beaversmom

You handled a sticky situation really well, except of course the beating with the plunger. ;)


60 posted on 10/05/2007 7:58:10 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: wallcrawlr
Good grief. The cashier needs something more than anger management. How in the world did this guy get so worked when he was arguing with himself? What a jerk.

Thanks for the ping, wallcrawlr.

61 posted on 10/05/2007 8:03:51 AM PDT by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: tuffydoodle

Well I was mad and the plunger was handy:), but I was thinking, it was a good thing I didn’t leave the baby in there. The doors on the stalls go all the way to the ground and there would have been no way I could have gotten the woman’s attention to get the baby out had she gotten in there and locked the door. It was just a weird situation. I was also thinking, why didn’t someone come in with her to help her out, but as I was leaving I saw a man standing in the hallway waiting for her. That’s when family bathrooms come in handy.


62 posted on 10/05/2007 8:07:13 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: COBOL2Java

A little comon sense is needed on both sides.

Suppose the clerk had greeted you instead of your wife, and it was you who was rude to the cleck by ignoring her.................

Unless the deaf hang a sign around their neck, some awkward moments are sure to occur.


63 posted on 10/05/2007 8:10:00 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

So, are you suggesting that if deaf people want to avoid having a crowbar slammed against their head they should wear a sign around their neck saying, “I’m deaf”? Or are you suggesting that deaf people will just have to live with the consequences of getting the head bashed in one once in a while because it’s rude to ignore the clerk at the cash register? What kind of common sense is that?


64 posted on 10/05/2007 8:15:15 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: tuffydoodle

I sense idiot Young will feel the wrath of a few Tarrant County prisoners for a few days to then be discharged on probation with a large bill for restitution to the victim.


65 posted on 10/05/2007 8:18:18 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: tuffydoodle
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.

BS on both counts. ...but not surprising that Young would play the race card when backed into a corner -- that's what he's been taught to do by the likes of Sharpton and Jackson.

66 posted on 10/05/2007 8:21:21 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo ("Hidin' in a corner ...of New York City, lookin' down a .44 in West Virginy")
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To: COBOL2Java; tuffydoodle

I used to have some neighbors, a mother and her grown son, who both seemed to have an anger control problem. One time they accused me of being incredibly rude and snobby because I had not responded when they greeted me as I came outside to mow my lawn. It turned out that I had been wearing earplugs and hadn’t even heard them.


67 posted on 10/05/2007 8:37:43 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: tuffydoodle

http://www.d-pan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=45

This is the D-PAN interpretation of John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change”.


68 posted on 10/05/2007 8:40:55 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dmw

Since you brought up the common sense angle, let’s start there.

Use some common sense and just a bare touch of reading comprehension and you will see that I was responding to a specfic situation encounted by the poster I was responding to.

Using just a smidgen of common sense, I can see that you may need a second cup of coffe too!


69 posted on 10/05/2007 8:41:14 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: tuffydoodle
My first thought when I'm disrespected is to hit someone in the head with a crowbar.

Yes, and pounding on innocent people with heavy metal objects is one of the best ways to gain respect too. I mean, think about it. Don't all the people you respect in your life do that to others?

Wasn't there once a very wise teacher who said:

There was more, but I forget it now.
70 posted on 10/05/2007 8:46:37 AM PDT by TChris (Governments don't RAISE money; they TAKE it.)
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To: dmw

The clerk in this case is a criminal for his actions both during the incident and especially afterwards. He obviously has an attitude and anger management problem that he can work on while in jail.

I can see race becoming a component if he, the black cashier, was assuming that the white customer’s determined silence was a refusal to acknowledge him as a human being. Racists, on both sides of the racial divide, routinely do this. Of course, even encountering REAL stony silent contempt doesn’t justify a crowbar blow to the head if no other aggresive act accompanies the silence.

However, the attacker’s “Oh” in response to being told the victim was deaf atleast hints at a realization that he had made a whole lot of wrong assumptions on his way to assaulting him.

I wonder if this entire incident could have been avoided if the deaf person, on becoming aware that someone is trying to speak to him or her, signed back to the speaking person (essentially talking back to him or her in the language that they speak) the words “I’m deaf” (or some similar phrase). Such an act would serve to acknowledge the speaking person’s attempt to communicate and put them on notice that their assumptions (that the deaf person can hear and speak) are wrong.


71 posted on 10/05/2007 8:54:10 AM PDT by Captain Rhino ( If we have the WILL to do it, there is nothing built in China that we cannot do without.)
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To: tuffydoodle
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.

Obvious BS.

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

I truly believe this POS thought that it had only to say,"A white man used a racial epithet" and the police would say, "Well, then , that gives you a perfect right to brain him with a metal crowbar". I've lost count of the cases I've read about here on FR in which a white person is assaulted , and the accused is quoted as saying the victim "used a racial epithet" as if that gave it the right to commit an assault! Remember when that trespassing Hmong man murdered several white hunters, and tried to use that as an excuse? Even recent immigrants to this country seem to believe they can do whatever they want to a white person if the white person uses a "racial slur" (or they claim s/he did).

I hope this POS's life is destroyed . I hope it not only does prison time, it loses every asset it owns in a civil case.

72 posted on 10/05/2007 9:02:58 AM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Balding_Eagle
Unless the deaf hang a sign around their neck, some awkward moments are sure to occur.

That's one reason why deafness is often called "the invisible handicap". You can see a wheelchair, or a seeing-eye dog, but unless a deaf person is signing, one's disability is not noticed. Even hearing aids today are so small you can hardly see them.

A dear friend of mine who was blind once remarked to me that she would rather have been blind than deaf. Surprised at the notion, I asked her why. She said that being blind, she can at least communicate with the world through her ears; she felt that deafness is a terribly isolating disability.

73 posted on 10/05/2007 9:07:03 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I usually don’t talk much in public. I talk only as much as I feel is necessary. Nobody should have the right to make me. We were talking about respect or disrespect. There would be a severe problem if some jackass clerk disrespected me by trying to hit me with a crowbar.


74 posted on 10/05/2007 9:14:16 AM PDT by seemoAR (Absolute power corrupts absolutely)
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To: Captain Rhino
“I wonder if this entire incident could have been avoided if the deaf person, on becoming aware that someone is trying to speak to him or her, signed back to the speaking person (essentially talking back to him or her in the language that they speak) the words “I’m deaf” (or some similar phrase). Such an act would serve to acknowledge the speaking person’s attempt to communicate and put them on notice that their assumptions (that the deaf person can hear and speak) are wrong.”

I understand your point on the “what if” question here and I don’t disagree with you, however, why must anyone, deaf or hearing, feel obligated to go into a store to spend money and have to be concerned about striking up a conversation with a store clerk? I agree people should not be rude, but in my case I happen to be deaf and I use ASL to communicate. I can use my voice and can talk reasonably well because I was born hearing and became deaf later in life. The situation that this deaf man encountered is something that I encounter almost every week when I go into a store or restaurant. When I pay my bill I’m focusing on getting the money or credit card out of my wallet and not looking at the clerk. Often when I do look up at the clerk after putting my pin number in the swipe thing or getting my cash together I look up to find the clerk staring at me as if I said something offensive to him/her. Because I have encountered this so many times I know it’s usually because the clerk said something to me (e.g. how are you, nice day, etc), and I did not respond in a timely manner. Normally I just smile and say thank you unless they act like they are still waiting for me to answer them then I will tell them I’m deaf and to please repeat to me if they said something. That generally takes care of it and all is well. But sometimes I just get a rude cold stare from them and go about my business because I don’t feel I need to spend the rest of my life explaining to clerks that I’m deaf and I’m not ignoring you, etc, etc. I’m the customer—I give them my money and all I want back from them is a smile and thank you. I owe the clerk nothing beyond a smile and thank you back. Why should I have to look over my shoulder and hope someone doesn’t bash my head in just because someone is offended by my non-response to their comment to me that I did not hear? On rare occasions when the clerk asks me something and I didn’t answer them they sign “thank you” to me as I leave because they assumed that I was deaf. In my opinion the clerk should either assume their customer is deaf and smile and wave goodbye, or they could assume that their customer is rude and simply ignore their "rudeness". Is that asking to much? Apparently for the guy who bashed the deaf guy’s head in it was.

75 posted on 10/05/2007 9:46:02 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: Drawsing

I can so relate to that story having organized, helped out, and participated in a number of running events. Drivers can often exhibit this same mentality when we’re trying to keep intersections on the roads safe.


76 posted on 10/05/2007 10:02:21 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: BenLurkin

I can hardly stand going places anymore to buy things. If the person is younger than 30, instead of saying “you’re welcome” when thanked, they reply “No problem.” It really irritates me.


77 posted on 10/05/2007 10:04:00 AM PDT by merry10
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To: JoeSixPack1

“100 days community service at a deaf school”

I don’t want this kid near my kid at a deaf school until he has a YEAR at least of education behind him.


78 posted on 10/05/2007 10:06:09 AM PDT by merry10
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To: dmw

Hey you!

Sometimes if someone says “Excuse me” to my daughter, and naturally she does not hear them, I feel like I should run up and say “she’s deaf; she is not being rude!” I usually do, depending on the tone of the person saying excuse me.


79 posted on 10/05/2007 10:09:28 AM PDT by merry10
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Damn, you Texans are a rough sort...

We take our manners very seriously.
80 posted on 10/05/2007 10:15:36 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: Rastus
I’ll remember that if I ever get to Texas!!
81 posted on 10/05/2007 10:21:36 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: dennisw
Goodnight is deaf.
And will (rightly) soon be fairly well off financially after suing the perp and store owners.
82 posted on 10/05/2007 10:24:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: merry10
Hi Merry10!

Yeah, my wife often does the same thing you do when that happens to me. Sometimes I leave the store and look back to see her explaining to the clerk or cashier that I’m deaf. Most of the time they are apologetic if they made a rude comment to me that I didn’t hear. Sometimes they continue to be rude. When that happens my wife and I go to the store manager and let them know what happened. If that doesn't work I get my crowbar out and hit them over the head with it. (Just kidding.) ;^).

Hope all is well with you. Been a while since we crossed paths.

83 posted on 10/05/2007 10:34:25 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: tuffydoodle

I’d sue the hell out of family dollar!


84 posted on 10/05/2007 10:38:41 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: COBOL2Java

“A dear friend of mine who was blind once remarked to me that she would rather have been blind than deaf. Surprised at the notion, I asked her why. She said that being blind, she can at least communicate with the world through her ears; she felt that deafness is a terribly isolating disability.”

Helen Keller once said that she would rather be blind than deaf. She explained that “blindness cuts you off from things while deafness cuts you off from people”. Very true.


85 posted on 10/05/2007 10:47:15 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: Captain Rhino

From the story, the victim dislikes speaking with strangers because they routinely make fun of the way he talks.


86 posted on 10/05/2007 11:05:54 AM PDT by MortMan (Have a pheasant plucking day!)
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To: Balding_Eagle
“Since you brought up the common sense angle, let’s start there.”

No, actually you brought it up in your first post. Here’s what you said:

“A little comon sense is needed on both sides.”

Then you went on to say:

“Suppose the clerk had greeted you instead of your wife, and it was you who was rude to the cleck by ignoring her.................”

Yes, suppose that was the case, how would you have suggested the guy with the crowbar deal with this incident?

Then you said:

“Unless the deaf hang a sign around their neck, some awkward moments are sure to occur.”

So that’s it? Deaf people will just have to expect getting their head bashed in occasionally by idiots who have a chip on their shoulder and don’t want to be dissed?

What’s your common sense suggestion for deaf people who might be put into situations like this? I’d really like to know.

87 posted on 10/05/2007 11:09:41 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: tuffydoodle

Hate crime?


88 posted on 10/05/2007 11:22:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: dmw

The more I read this story, the madder I get.

“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.”

So not only did Goodnight suffer the indignity of having his money thrown in his face and having to pick it up off the floor, he also gets creamed in the head with a crowbar. This poor fella must have thought the whole world had gone crazy.


89 posted on 10/05/2007 11:38:47 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: dmw
Yes, suppose that was the case, how would you have suggested the guy with the crowbar deal with this incident?

The guy in post 24 infered that he wanted to do a whole lot more than just inform the cleck of her error. "she turned all shades of red and apologized. Wanting to display more dignity than that little tart ever could, I walked away"

She had already shown her embarassment at her mistake by 'turning all shades of red'. What more should she have done? Go over and apologize? Maybe, but doing that would have called even more attendtion to what was already a mistake in the eyes of #24. I can just hear it now "For Petes sake, that $^%*(*& clerk not only treated my wife rudely, but THEN, in front of the whole store blew it up into a big deal"

If anyone needed to be concerned about a crowbar to the head, based on the account, it would be the clerk, not the deaf lady.

What’s your common sense suggestion for deaf people who might be put into situations like this? I’d really like to know.

Based on the account of #24, nothing different. #24 might want to re-evaluate HIS reaction though.

BTWYou still haven't even acknowledged that the clerks reaction might be quite normal in the case of a hearing, but rude customer.

90 posted on 10/05/2007 2:34:30 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
“BTWYou still haven’t even acknowledged that the clerks reaction might be quite normal in the case of a hearing, but rude customer.”

We aren’t even talking about the same clerk. I’m talking about the stupid clerk who hit the deaf guy with a crow bar and you’re talking about the guy in post 24 and his wife. Geez, who really is the deaf one here? LOL!

91 posted on 10/05/2007 3:56:20 PM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: dmw

I’ve ONLY talked about post #24 in every one of my posts on this thread.

Check it out.

That’s why I mentioned that you needed reading comprehension in my earlier response to you.


92 posted on 10/05/2007 4:13:54 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: dmw

dmw, all is good with me and my daughter. I didn’t realize you were a strictly ASL user. We had a great summer started off at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and it just got better from there! Glad you are around, good to see you here!.


93 posted on 10/05/2007 5:52:11 PM PDT by merry10
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To: Red Badger
Some people get upset when you don’t speak to them.

I have the double whammy. I'm deaf on one side, nearly deaf on the other, and was born with a face that appears to be always looking for a fight.

I will turn in a crowd to find someone giving me "the look" for not responding to them (I know it well by now) and try my best to look mentally challenged so they aren't tempted to take a swing.

94 posted on 10/06/2007 12:41:21 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: 1rudeboy

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

When I was a kid my friends called my dad “radar ears” because he didn’t like the noise of our constant ruckus in the backyard and would get quite testy.

Now in his old age he’s lost some hearing and is quite enjoyable to be around.


95 posted on 10/06/2007 12:47:54 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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