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Man Wins Partial Victory In Circuit City Arrest 788

JeremyDuffy writes "Michael Righi, the man who was arrested at Circuit City for failing to show his reciept/driver's license, has fought a moral battle against the city for almost a month now. The case has already been settled and he emerged victorious... sort of. It turns out that he's already spent almost $7500 and would have kept fighting them too, but because his family would have been dragged into it, he was forced to take a deal. They've expunged his record and dropped all charges, but he had to give up his right to sue the city to do it."
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Man Wins Partial Victory In Circuit City Arrest

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  • by FlyByPC ( 841016 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @11:33AM (#20696969) Homepage
    ...can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in to Circuit City, buying something, and refusing to show ID? My friends, they may think it's a movement [arlo.net].
  • by SydShamino ( 547793 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @11:38AM (#20697065)
    Fifty people a day walking into Circuit City and buying something and the shareholders would wet their pants with glee.
  • by mi ( 197448 ) <slashdot-2017q4@virtual-estates.net> on Friday September 21, 2007 @11:53AM (#20697313) Homepage Journal

    hypocrite ex-Sen Larry Craig

    What's "hypocrite" about Larry Craig? Did he ask the undercover officer to (same-sex) marry him?

  • by ZuluZero ( 1159015 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @12:11PM (#20697671)
    to 8 by 10 glossy photos ;-)
  • by Mawbid ( 3993 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @12:11PM (#20697675)
    I will never give up my right to give up my rights!
  • by bryan1945 ( 301828 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @12:26PM (#20697931) Journal
    "Example. In the state of Utah you are not allowed kegs."

    Did you have them flown in? (Of course you probably live near a border, but it sounded funny in my head).
  • by MooseTick ( 895855 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @12:39PM (#20698165) Homepage
    If asking for reciepts make you mad also, here is something you can do.

    The next time you are in a checkout where they check for reciepts at the door, wad it up and stick it down your pants when they give it to you. When you get to the door and they ask for it, be obvious about the fact that it is down there and retrieve it but don't unwad it. I think it is unlikely that they will take it from you and unwad it. At that point you can ask if they have any more requests and be on your merry way!
  • by jollyreaper ( 513215 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @12:50PM (#20698347)

    Now I know harassment is a "crime," but why isn't there a site like phonedot.org? Instead of the slashdot effect, you can have the phonedot effect. Give it digg like capabilities so bloggers and other media contributors can vote up or down various customer service issues, and then let these thousands or hundreds of thousands of bloggers make their calls to see if there is "Any new information?" until the issue is settled.
    I really like your idea. But since a site like that does not yet exist, a good second option is to obtain the manager's name, reverse lookup his phone number, and post both to Craigslist under the kinky sexual perversion of your choice.

    A highly illegal variation of that is to note the license plate number of a personal enemy and then place "concerned citizen" calls from phone booths near public schools. Give a different name each time and say that you see a suspicious person (give description of enemy's appearance) loitering around an elementary school. Provide license plate number. Of course, if you get caught you'll go to jail but it's such a funny prank that the other inmates might be willing to skip the forcible sodomy in light of the chuckle you gave them.
  • by TimFreeman ( 466789 ) <tim@fungible.com> on Friday September 21, 2007 @02:54PM (#20700413) Homepage
    Mod parent up. Excellent point.
  • by DavidTC ( 10147 ) <.moc.xobreven. . ... .vidavsxd54sals.> on Friday September 21, 2007 @05:02PM (#20703107) Homepage

    If you want to have some fun, don't phrase it as outrage at the store's policy.

    Phrase it like they have the right to search your bags. Don't dispute that in the slightest, agree that if you are leaving with stuff you just bought, they have the right to look in your bag. You fully understand all that.

    However, you can't agree to let them look in the bag, so the only solution is for them to return your money and you return the stuff. Whereupon they can look in the bag all they want, as you will return it with the other stuff.

    No harm, no foul. You didn't realize that was store policy, but now that you do, you will only come back when you are mentally prepared to let other people look in bags you own.

    It'd be pretty funny to watch them react to that.

    Why? It's easy for someone to justify himself to his management when someone is saying 'I want a refund because this store's searching sucks!'. It's a lot harder when they're saying 'Well, I guess I'm going to have to get a refund because this store won't let me leave with my stuff, which is obviously entirely legal and justified.'.

    Alternately, when they ask you, pull another bag out of your pocket (They compress very small.), put all the stuff from the bag they gave you into your bag, and then hand them your bag and tell them that not only can they look in it, they can keep it, as a gift from you.

  • by EntropyMan ( 628831 ) on Friday September 21, 2007 @07:58PM (#20706053)
    It has to start someplace. It has to start somehow. What better place than here. What better time than now.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.