Clerk Thought Deaf Customer was Rude and Clubbed Him with a Crowbar

Here's an example of fantastic customer service from a dollar store in Fort Worth, Texas:

A Family Dollar clerk in Fort Worth, Texas was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said he used a crowbar to club a deaf customer. Cody Goodnight, 30, has been deaf since before the age of 2 and uses sign language to communicate.

When Goodnight tried to pay for two bottles of Sprite with a $5 bill he was assaulted by the store clerk. Investigators said the clerk, 20-year-old Ricky Young told them he thought Goodnight was being rude by not talking to him and hit him in the head with a crowbar.

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I agree with Lea.

We are only reading one side of the story. It is possible that he was rude to the clerk, and the clerk way over-reacted.

Deaf people are human beings, too. How do you know he's not just taking advantage of his impairment now, for sympathy?

If he could hear, and the clerk attacked him because he mumbled, would this be such big news?
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Hej, I'm deaf myself. I can speak well enough to communicate w/ hearing people but need to see their mouth during speaking bec I rely on lip reading in order to understand them.

I know many deaf people who can only sign but never have witnessed such an idiotic attack on them. Maybe staring bec of the signing, but THAT? That clerk has clearly some mental problems .. I'd say that the clerk is the one who's disabled, not his deaf victim.
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I'm unfortunately not surprised... people are so dumb - the sad consequence of living in a country where education, if not tolerance, is not given quite the emphasis it should be.

But boy, if he isn't going to get some money...
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