Security guard stabbed to death at Macy’s in Philadelphia

December 5 – It was over hats. A security guard is dead because of hats. 

A man attempted to steal hats from the Macy’s store in Philadelphia around 11 a.m. on Monday and two security guards stopped him. They took the hats back and sent the man on his way. 

The man returned later with a knife and stabbed both security guards – one through the neck, and he was later pronounced dead. 

The second security guard is in stable condition in Jefferson Hospital being treated for neck and face injuries. 

The Macy’s store is currently closed and no date has been set for reopening. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “What are retailers to do?”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “It’s awful. The teaching in big box retailers and elsewhere apparently is if thefts are happening, you’re not supposed to get terribly proactive if you’re the in-house security to stop it. But this is an awful reflection on Philadelphia and where we are in America. You’re seeing more and more retail stores, I’ve even seen stories of just grocery stores, smaller retailers, they have a 24/7 security presence when they’re open. Many times these are armed guards inside the store and this is fairly new within the last few years, but then you see something like this happen over some hats. What a tragedy.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “It shows us what we are doing, what are we teaching people? Why do they feel justified in stealing and so angry at somebody stopping them that they come back and kill the person? There’s something wrong with this and I’ll call it the ideology we’re teaching, especially young people, with certain groups’ resentment against certain other groups and how oh, we’re being permissive to certain groups because of trauma they suffered in the past. Look where it’s getting us. The so-called reform of justice is leading us down a terrible path. They’re encouraged not to intervene. What are we supposed to do, stand back and just oh here’s a security guard. He’s just supposed to stand back and say thank you. Can I get you the right size hat, sir? I don’t understand what they expect is going to happen human nature wise, and what they expect us to do. It really gets to the point where all the criminals will be out on the streets, and all the good people will be locked in their homes, ordering in their stuff or maybe where somebody shot somebody from breaking into their home and now they were taken away in handcuffs. So good people will be in jail or locked up in their homes and everybody else will be running the streets. Is that what we’re aiming for?”

Ryan added, “So BLM can burn down fast food places and they get a slap on the wrist. You do a meme and all of a sudden you’re in jail for six years. It’s getting to be freaking ridiculous.”

Barkdoll said, “You’ve seen the video of some of the retail stores in cities, drugstores, grocery stores, things like shampoo and toothpaste, that’s under lock and key. You have to call a clerk to get it out of the case. Theft is so rampant in these places and remember, it was just a few months ago Target, they closed dozens of stores in big cities. They cited shoplifting as the reason that they were just no longer able to operate. They also cited the safety of their employees. Like this incident we’re talking about in Macy’s in Philadelphia, you wonder is this yet another example? Could Macy’s come out next week and say, hey, we’re out of here. Why are we going to keep operating in an environment where you’ve got employees now at risk, and we know there’s all kinds of shoplifting going on? It undercuts the whole viability of those neighborhoods. I mean, the very conduct these people are engaging in and then as those stores close, it makes the neighborhood even worse. So I think you’re going to see more of that acceleration when you see incidents like this happen.”

Ryan said, “This is why I don’t want to talk at all about impeachment. Nothing will get done to Joe Biden or Joe Biden’s family or Joe Biden’s handlers or Joe Biden or all the rest of it. I don’t want to hear anything at all about it. I don’t give a rat’s ass because nothing ever gets done. If you’re not going to take care of problems like this, nothing’s going to get done about this. I don’t care about Joe Biden’s impeachment or we’re getting closer to impeachment when I’ve got this nonsense happening in front of our very eyes.”

Jansen said, “It seems to me and if you started that process, he’s probably going to be long gone out of office for all the reasons we say. There’s also the story about the New York bodega owners. Remember the story of the man who fought back against this brutal, violent guy that came after him and he shot him and killed him and then he was put in jail for a short time. It was ridiculous. Now you have bodega owners saying we’re buying guns. Go ahead, come at us. We’re going to buy guns, we’re going to defend ourselves because the police can’t defend them and the laws are not defending them anymore.” 

“What are they paying taxes for at that point?” Ryan asked. “It doesn’t end well.” 

“It doesn’t,” Barkdoll agreed. “You’re seeing this in cities all over the country. They just do not feel that there’s adequate law enforcement to respond to these situations. We’ve seen the videos of the crash and grabs on the west coast, where there’s just a mob that will descend on like a Tiffany’s or some high end store and just completely wipe the place out. It’s unfortunate and you’re seeing this just the last few years. It seems like it is a trend. This thing with Macy’s last night in Philadelphia is a complete tragedy and I’ll be curious to see what Macy’s does. I would not be shocked if you see them. Maybe they get through these next couple of weeks and just say like Target, we’re out here. We’re not going to keep doing business in this sort of environment.”

Ryan quipped, “Oh, but wait a second, guys. Philadelphia is one of the greatest places to retire to. According to some survey a couple of days ago.”