- The man became belligerent after being denied a cigar when he was 41 cents short
- He then leaned over the counter and punched the clerk in the face
- Stunned customers froze in horror as the angry man left the store
By Ryan Gorman
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An enraged customer punched a female store clerk in the face after becoming belligerent over only 41 cents.
The customer was trying to pay for a $1.41 cigar at a Lakewood, CA., Conoco gas station earlier this month with just a $1 bill when he became enraged after being told he needed the other 41 cents, causing him to bash the 23-year-old clerk in her face.
Police still have yet to find the suspect and are asking for the public’s help identifying him.
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Do you know this man?: This thug punched a 23-year-old woman in the face over 41 cents
Identified by KCBS under the pseudonym ‘Yadira,’ the helpless young woman fought back tears as she told of the incident.
‘There’s cowards out there willing to do stupid stuff,’ the emotional girl told the station.
Explaining that he tried to short-change her by 41 cents while buying a Swisher Sweets cigar, Yadira told KCBS that he said ‘ this is all I have… b***h whatever.’
Yadira then asked the man to leave the store and he tried to snatch it from her.
She never saw it coming: ‘I didn’t think he was going to hit me’ the store clerk said
‘It just happened so fast… I didn’t think he was going to hit me,’ Yadira said, adding [then] he just socks me.’
Security footage of the incident shows the suspect trying to grab the cigar from the young clerk before leaning forward, then winding up and smashing her in the face.
Perhaps shocked by what they had just seen, customers in line behind the violent man stood still as he angrily stormed out of the Conoco.
‘It all happened so fast’: The man punched her in the face before she realized what was happening
Horrific: The punch knocked the woman’s glasses off of her face and injured her eye
‘It’s a brutal attack on an innocent victim,’ a police spokesperson told the station.
The punch threw her glasses off her face and injured her eye, but she was otherwise okay. She finished her shift that night, but told KCBS she is afraid when she goes to work.
‘Really? Over 41 cents? Imagine if he got like that, imagine what else would have happened?’