Two more items of people with badges: this story about a TSA agent intimidating a female driver because she wasn't driving fast enough:
An off-duty Transportation Security Administration agent faces a misdemeanor harassment charge after allegedly tailing, flashing his badge and blowing his car horn at a woman who was driving too slowly for him, police said on Wednesday.
Police in South Windsor, Connecticut, said Donald Eichler, 63, was upset that the motorist ahead of him was traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit of 40 mph on a busy Connecticut road early on Tuesday.As the article points out, TSA officers have no local authority.
Here's a story about a Wal-mart security guard who decided to ignore the facts as well as the store manager's orders, and cause much harm to this family, who were accused of stealing less than $3.00 worth of chicken. After accusing the couple of stealing and refusing to look at the security tape, the guard made his intentions known, and acted on them:
The complaint continues: "The assistant manager said in presence of plaintiff and her husband: 'I see where she scanned it, I see where it's been rung up.' Plaintiff responded: 'I did scan it, I told you.' Ricky, plaintiff's husband said I'll pay for it again if you want me to. The assistant manager then said to the security guard: 'Well what do you want to do?' The security guard said he wanted to put plaintiff and her husband in jail."
When the security guard found that Mary Hill Bonin had worked at another Wal-Mart, he called that store and informed it "that she was being charged with a Theft of Property in the Third Degree," even though the assistant manager already had told him that the chicken bones had been bought and paid for, the Bonins say.Charges were dropped, but that's little solace for this family who lost everything because of this.
Overruling the assistant manager, the Wal-Mart guard called police, who handcuffed man and wife, led them out through the store that way and threw them in jail. [italics mine]