Vigilantism Taken To A Whole New Level
You hear about vigilantes taking justice into their own hands, but what you wouldn’t expect is this being done to a child. In Georgia, Thursday, February 07, 2013, Dollar General clerk Emilia Graciela Bell was seen on two different video tapes whipping a child with a belt.
Reports say that the child was running around the store and had thrown a battery and a cookie at the clerk. Then he tried to hide behind the counter top, in an effort to escape the clerk. Unfortunately for the boy, this did not work as intended. Ms. Bell found the boy and started whipping him with a belt 25-28 times.
“There were two different angles from different cameras in the store,” Wrightsville Police Assistant Sheriff Bill Thompson told ABC. “They’d only watched the first when they arrested Ms. Bell. After finding out another camera had caught it, you could see her striking the child 16 to 18 more times.”
Initially the police were charging her with battery but after they saw another angle of the surprising event, they quickly upped the charge to Cruelty to Children. There has been no plea made, but she does have a $5,000 bond.
Dollar General’s full statement:
“Dollar General strives to provide a safe and welcoming place for our customers to shop. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Ga and have expressed our sincere apologies to the child’s family. This incident is contrary to our core values of serving our customers and communities and does not reflect the commitment of our nearly 93,000 employees to treat everyone who enters our stores with kindness and respect. The type of behavior described in this incident is unacceptable, and the person responsible is no longer employed by Dollar General.”
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