Ralph's Bagger Slugs a Customer After Complaint About Homeless People Begging in Front of Santa Monica Grocery Store
SMPD interviewed Thomas and other witnesses, and wrote an incident report, but made no arrests.
April 25, 2022
A Santa Monica native was attacked by a bagger at the Ralph's grocery store on Cloverfield, when he complained to the manager about two vagrants blocking the entrances. The vagrants were a man and a woman with a child, and were holding up whiteboards asking for money.
The customer (we'll call him Thomas), complained about it to the manager. She shrugged her shoulders and said "What do you want me to do about it?" "Thomas" told her to ask Security to remove them. He them proceeded to do his shopping, but when he got to the check-out, he noticed they were still there. He again spoke to the manager about it, but this time, he pulled out his phone and began videoing their conversation.
This caused the bagger to become irate, and he attacked "Thomas", slugging him several times. Thomas did not fight back, but ran to the door, with the bagger chasing him. He called SMPD, who arrived about 20 minutes later. As he was waiting outside, several shoppers approached him and told him they had witnessed the assault, and gave him their names and phone numbers. Nonetheless, SMPD decided not to make an arrest in the case.
"His language got salty and he was attacked by a store employee. SMPD refused to arrest the box boy and just gave him a police report number," said one of Thomas' neighbors, who added that Thomas is a longtime resident who frequently shops at Ralph's on Cloverfield and Olympic Blvd."
Thomas said today that he was suffering from numerous aches and pains. "I can't even turn my neck", he said.
Note: "Bagger, packer, sacker or bag boy (US), is an unofficial title given to a courtesy clerk at a grocery store," says Wikipedia.