A 27 year old woman, Jacquetta Simmons, has been sentenced to 5 years incarceration after she was found guilty of assaulting a 70 year old Walmart greeter which resulted in the side of her face been fractured. The assault came after the elderly woman, Grace Suozzi asked to see a receipt for merchandize she was carrying out of the store as is mandated by store policy.
The incident is said to have happened last Christmas Eve when Simmons was picking up some last minute gifts. Unlike most people who wearily do as they are told and produce a receipt for purchases on the way out, Simmons took the request quite personally (perhaps cause it felt like she was being accused of stealing, which is never a pleasant feeling for anybody but alas this is what many stores have resorted to to keep a track of their inventory) and punched the woman in the face before fleeing the store.
The question ought to also be raised is whether Simmons was reacting to the stigma of being racially profiled given the negative history of Walmarts with respect to incidents where minorities have been singled out and humiliated.
Seeing what had happened, employees and customers rushed to detain Simmons who was later arrested.
Then there’s this via the UK’s dailymail:
In court Simmons said she was sorry for the incident that injured Grace Suozzi on Christmas Eve in 2011, but the judge and prosecutor Larry Friedman say Simmons hardly seems sorry.
‘She absolutely did not accept any responsibility for what she did,’ Mr Friedman said.
Since the incident Suozzi has experienced trauma and has found herself often unable to leave the house. Until the injury she had sustained, Suozzi claims she had relied on the Walmart job to pay her bills and is now struggling.
Offered Suozzi in court: ‘What she has taken away is irreplaceable, she has taken away my independence…she has taken away my joy and replaced it with trauma.”
Simmons attorney says they will appeal the conviction, insisting that the sentence too severe and that their client had not meant to punch the woman intentionally but had only ‘inadvertently’ jerked her arm.