Just when we all thought America couldn’t get any more ridiculous, crazy shopping lady shows up.  This past Black Friday a woman in California decided it would be “reasonable” to pepper spray 10 people in the video game section in order to get her “gamer” fix on this Holiday season.  Let’s face it, we all know some serious gamer nerds that continue as grown men to post on facebook the “dos” and “don’ts ” of fighting the mischievous “Balnazzar” and detailed instructions on how to take out the ever mighty “Archimonde” with only a bobby pin and an acorn.
However, in all their dorkdom, I don’t believe if a new upgrade came out on Black Friday that they would hose down a fellow shopper with mace.  There again, I quit gaming when I discovered girls so what do I know?
As with every “no no” crime, there must come a consequence.  Had this occurred in sunny Florida, depending on the ultimate injury, provable facts and guts of the prosecutor, this could be charged as possibly ten counts of Felony Battery in violation of Florida Statute 784.041 or ten counts of Aggravated Battery in violation of Florida Statute 784.045.  Felony Battery is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison whereas Aggravated Battery is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Ultimately because there were numerous witnesses, 10 victims, and no doubt grubby finger prints on the pepper spray can, Captain Crazy Shopper will no doubt be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Not only has she embarrassed herself and caused injury to others, she has crushed the video game dreams of one unlucky recipient and replaced it with a lump of coal.
If you’ve found yourself charged with a  crime in the Tampa Bay area, call the criminal lawyers at The Mayberry Law Firm at 727-771-3847.