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Caution, Narrow Doorway

Jerrie Perkins, 30, allegedly tried to leave a Rochester Hills, Mich., department store without paying for over $600 worth of merchandise. Perkins, who is 5'-2" and 400 pounds, was caught as she drove her mobility cart through the exit, activating the theft alarm. She was easy to catch not because she was in an electric cart, but because she got stuck in the doorway. According to Oakland County Sheriff’s reports, when asked for her receipt, Perkins shoved a loss prevention officer and hit her in the face. Then, when a deputy arrived and asked her to put her hands behind her back, Perkins “cursed at the deputy, balled her right hand into a fist and took a fighting stance.” The deputy pulled out his Taser and told her again to put her hands behind her back. When she instead brought her fist over her head, the deputy Tasered her. Perkins was charged with unarmed robbery, resisting and obstructing a police officer, and retail fraud. (MS/Macomb Daily) ...If she really wanted to resist, all she had to do was lie down and make them drag her away.
Original Publication Date: 13 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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