An Asian employee has expressed both praise and concern for tracking a man as he allegedly stole from a Walgreens in San Francisco.
The incident, which was captured on cell phone video, reportedly took place at the Walgreens on Geary and Taylor and went viral Sunday night.
In the video, the hooded man can be seen removing various products from the shelves and putting them in his pants.
The employee, identified only as Mary, is seen following the man and calling him.
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“Hi! Hi! Hi! What are you doing?” screams Mary. ‘Don’t stuff your pants! Get that out!”
Mary also seemed to be asking someone to call the police. However, the man was not deterred, despite attempts by staff to stop him.
Darren Mark Stallcup, who posted the video, recognized Mary for her bravery.
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“I was getting some groceries at my local Walgreens when a barbarian ransacked the store. Asian-American frontline worker (Mary) is NOT afraid,” wrote Stallcup, who is also the founder of The World Peace Movement. “This is not her first rodeo!”
A second video reportedly showed Mary actively following the alleged thief as he exited the store. Another worker was heard telling him to ‘pull up the drawers’.
“Barbarian really shows his ass,” Stallcup said according to… KTVU. “Asian American employee Mary STILL is not afraid. Going above and beyond the call of duty.”
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Twitter users praised Mary and expressed concern for her safety.
“I feel so sorry for those workers. They are at risk of being attacked. This is a lack of enforcement problem caused by people who never directly deal with it,” a user wrote.
Another commented“Mary, you are a saint, but it is not worth it.”
“Sad. Time to send the bill to the regulators and hold them accountable. And if the employee is injured, it’s time to prosecute those on the SF board who support lawlessness,” another noted.
It is unclear when police arrived to deal with the incident. NextShark has contacted the San Francisco Police Department for more information.
Featured image via Darren Mark Stallcup