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California dad is beaten by grocery store workers after berating them over long line

California father of seven ‘being dragged into the room and beaten by supermarket workers’ after making sarcastic remarks about long cash line

  • John Valencia says he was beaten for sarcastically telling a manager ‘great customer service’ after she refused to open a new cash register
  • Films are being shot again at Stater Brothers supermarket in San Bernardino, although rest of the incident was not captured on film
  • Valencia says he was kicked and stunned, and that he was left with a concussion, bump on the head and split eyebrow
  • Supermarket has launched an investigation, while the local police department said it had received a report of the attack

IN California father of seven says he was beaten by messenger staff after making a sarcastic remark about the length of a checkout line.

John Valencia was filmed scuffling with staff at Stater Brothers in San Bernardino on April 20, but said the violence escalated in a private store closet.

He told Fox 13 that the incident began when he went to get a coffee, only to be confronted with a long cash line for one cashier.

Valencia says he asked a manager to open another, only to be ignored.

When he told the manager ‘great customer service’, in what he insisted was a non-aggressive way, he said the staff asked him to leave.

But Valencia’s ordeal escalated into a brutal beating as he walked out, saying he was dragged into a closet by at least two supermarket workers and beaten.

This is the moment that father of seven John Valencia was attacked by workers in a store in San Bernardino. He said he was shoved into a closet and slapped for making a sarcastic remark about the length of a line

Valencia is pictured after the attack with his wife Meagan Lacey. He was left wounded, with a bump on his head, and a split eyebrow, and informed the police

Valencia is pictured after the attack with his wife Meagan Lacey. He was left wounded, with a bump on his head, and a split eyebrow, and informed the police

He reminded him, ‘Other employees came and I can remember it was like they had me on the floor, and I saw them trying to close the door, and I tried to kick the door open so they would not close it, and she grabbed my legs and pulled them up.

‘Two of them started hitting me, then they started kicking my face and stomping on my back and bumping my head while holding me.’

Valencia said the beating only stopped when another worker shouted, “Let him get up, let him get up.”

He said the encounter left him wounded, with a bump on the back of his dead, and a split eyebrow.

Part of the initial confrontation was captured on camera by another concerned shopper who was recovering from the fire.

One of the workers could be seen shaking Valencia as his colleagues gathered around her, but the rest of the attack took place out of sight.

Valencia insist he did nothing to provoke the battle. Commenting on the opening of a new cash line, he said: ‘I was never aggressive.

‘At no point was I loud, I threatened him or somehow – I tried to tell him like’ you know brother, calm down ‘- I just asked you to open another job.’

Valencia and his wife Meagan Lacey now want the aggressors dragged over hot coals for their behavior.

A reminder of the moment her injured husband called her, a tearful Lacey said: ‘It was horrible to get the phone call from him.

The attack took place at this Stater Brothers supermarket in San Bernardino on April 20th

The attack took place at this Stater Brothers supermarket in San Bernardino on April 20th

There were so many people in that store and so many employees and so many people who got the chance to help and no one did – she was the only one.

“I know she could not physically do much against all those people, so I’m just thankful she did and that she was willing to share that recording.”

The Stater brothers said they were conducting an internal investigation, and that they could not comment.

San Bernardino Police said they had received a report on the incident, but did not say whether an investigation is underway, or if prosecutors have filed.

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