Man reportedly displays BB gun at North Augusta businesses

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 9:26 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 10:20 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA -- Authorities were called to two North Augusta businesses Sunday morning after a man was seen at each one with a BB gun.

According to an incident report, North Augusta Public Safety officers were called to Waffle House on West Martintown Road around 4 a.m. Sunday after witnesses reported seeing a man showing off a BB gun in the parking lot. He then brought the weapon into the restaurant.

Witnesses told officers he was heard saying, “I thought I’d bring it in just in case I had (bad) service I could shoot the waitress.”

Authorities were also called to Circle K on West Martintown Road when witnesses at the service station also saw the suspect displaying the gun.

Charges are pending a judge's decision to sign an arrest warrant, police said.

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AutumnLeaves 09/27/11 - 09:54 am
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Sounds like this man needs

Sounds like this man needs some anger management classes.

TK3
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TK3 09/27/11 - 09:38 pm
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Not enough data in this

Not enough data in this report to be sure but could be the guy was "showing off a BB gun in the parking lot." To whom the report fails to say.
Then after the BB gun by some magic become a "weapon" according to the report,
"He then brought the weapon into the restaurant." instead of just leaving it out in the car,
"where he was heard by someone" joking to someone "..saying I thought I’d bring it in just in case I had (bad) service I could shoot the waitress.”

Course it could be he is a crazy terrorist armed with a BB gun who just got hungry and just likes good service.

Gee where was SWAT, sled and the Army when you need them?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 09/27/11 - 10:30 pm
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Ask a policeman responding to
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Ask a policeman responding to a call how funny it is. I remember not to long ago a man was robbing Captain D's with a BB gun and was shot exiting the place when a detective thought the gun was real. It can lead to a serious and dangerous situation. What if a patron with a CCP thought he was serious and shot him. This just isn't some juvenile prank this could get innocent people killed.

TK3
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TK3 09/28/11 - 06:20 am
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Dear Iwannakno; Excuse me but

Dear Iwannakno; Excuse me but this example of yours; "a man was robbing Captain D's with a BB gun", is a far cry from anything that happen according to this report. In fact did the report even say anyone was being threaten or robbed?
Caution is one thing but appears "common sense" is in short supply not only with the BB gun guy but more-so with all the "Big Brother" types.

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Iwannakno 09/28/11 - 10:54 pm
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Dear tk if an officer
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Dear tk if an officer responded how would he know it was a BB Gun? The common sense part is don't take a BB gun to a public place and brandish it. If you don't see the error in that then I feel sorry for you.

TK3
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TK3 09/29/11 - 07:59 am
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The question is WHY would a

The question is WHY would a officer even be called much less "respond" as nothing-in the report notes he "brandish(ed)" shook or waved (as a weapon) menacingly. 2. : to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner", the BB gun.

Bight idea or not he may well have been just "showing off" his new toy to his buddies.
I have been in Waffle Houses when one of the regulars brings in a new pistol or rifle to show to "the guys" and seen more than one take a rifle out of his pickup or trunk to show a bud or two and no one got upset.

Paranoia is what Big Brother and its Nazi style Homeland Security feeds on.

PS: Most adults can tell the difference between a BB gun and a regular rifle at a reasonable distance and YOU will respond as if it is real or-not.

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Iwannakno 09/29/11 - 08:46 am
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It was displayed in a manner
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It was displayed in a manner that others around him felt unsafe. The police were called. A report was made. Charges are in the works. Just like you can't yell fire in a theater or bomb on a plane. You cannot just do whatever you want because you think it's not that big of a deal. Seeing how it was reported at 2 different locations I would say he's lucky he's still alive. Sometimes paranoia, as you call it, can save a life. Nobody even mentions what the posts would be if the young man would have been shot. I'm not some big gun control nut. In fact a own lots of them. At one time I was an avid hunter. This isn't about big brother this is about some jerk being stupid to the point it could have cost him his life or the lives of people standing around. I wish a police officer would weigh in on this and see how serious he would take it.

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Vito45 09/29/11 - 08:56 am
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I'm not a police officer, but

I'm not a police officer, but I can tell you they take it very seriously; considering people have been shot and killed over an air gun. That is why pistols are sold with bright orange markings.

Remember too, someone had to CALL the police in this case; so it isn't big brother, it is a citizen who thought they had reason to be concerned. The police responded not knowing exactly what the deal was.

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