Not a BJJ post, but kind of a self defense related post. I read a lot of blogs. One that I enjoy is Black Belt Mama. She is neither a black belt, nor a mama… wait. Scratch that. She’s a great mama, and is working toward her black belt. I like her and her blog very much, even though we agree on little and both tend to be opinionated.
Recently, she posted an article on the case mentioned in the title: Yet Another Reason to Boycott McDonalds. The blog refers to a situation that happened last August. Here’s an article on the subject and you can check out the video here if you can’t see it below:
Okay. So, here’s the thing. BBM believes this man to be a hero. I encourage you to go read her post for what I think might be the more popular opinion. Personally, I think the guy’s an idiot and culpable for his own injuries. I think he’s very, very lucky to be alive and that the person with the gun didn’t bring that weapon into the store.
- First of all, the guy didn’t call the police and nowhere does it mention ANYONE doing this before or during the confrontation.
- Second, he escalated the situation all the way, right away. No attempt to de-escalate. No attempt to defuse. He charged out and tackled the guy.
- Third, he drug the guy out of the restaurant and followed him out. The guy might have had friends in the parking lot in addition to a gun. Or friends with guns. Or who the hell knows?
- Fourth, he clearly had no sense of situational awareness. It obviously didn’t occur to him that the guy might just have a gun, nor did it occur to him that the guy might be psychotic enough to not stop with him.
- Finally, it’s the company policy of every place I’ve ever worked in public service to avoid confrontation and call the police. You don’t make a show of writing down license numbers or confronting the individual (or tackling them and dragging them outside). This was true even when I worked for McDonald’s a few decades ago. Believe it or not, it’s for everyone’s safety, not just yours.
I said on BBM that, if things go completely nuts, if someone’s life is in danger, if the guy HAS a gun, by all means do what you have to do. But by his actions, he obviously put his own life in danger and certainly put every other person in that restuarant’s life in danger as well. Through his actions he escalated the situation and I think they are all lucky that more people weren’t shot.
Grabbing a person who is known to be violent, tackling him, dragging him bodily from the store and standing in the doorway like Rambo is ridiculously stupid. While I can empathize with him and his family, he’s not a victim in this, nor is he a hero. He’s just very, very lucky to be alive.
I do think it would be a nice gesture for McD’s to pay for at least a portion of the guy’s medical expenses. I just don’t personally believe that they should be legally obligated to do that. The company has a policy for the employees’ safety and for the safety of the customers. His actions, which are in violation of the McD’s policy are his own, and if anything, he should be reprimanded if not fired.
The only real question is whether or not this policy is well defined and whether the McD’s documented the training on the subject. This guy’s only real defense is that he was ignorant of the policy and completely devoid of common sense.
What do you think? Am I completely out in left field on this?
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