Shoppers' Nasty Bleach Fight Turns Toxic for Store's Patrons

bleach fight at baltimore walmartYou know that age-old idiom: "Stop horsing around before someone gets hurt"? Of course you do because everyone knows it -- everyone that is except Theresa Monique Jefferson. The Baltimore woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly throwing bleach and disinfectant at another woman (who's currently dating Jefferson's baby daddy) in a Baltimore Walmart.

In case your brain isn't running near full capacity early on a Monday morning, let me just take this opportunity to state the obvious: Bleach is super dangerous! It has toxic fumes and other hazardous materials. While I can kinda understand someone fantasizing about using it against their arch-nemesis who stole their man, I can't fathom actually doing it, let alone in a public place. What about the innocent bystanders who could be harmed?

Unfortunately, in this particular bleach fight, there was a lot of collateral damage ...

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Because of the toxic fumes, the store had to be evacuated and fire, EMS, and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene. All in all, 19 people suffered injuries resulting from the fight: Of those, one person was taken to the Wilmer Eye Institute (presumably for an eye injury) and three Walmart employees were treated for respiratory problems. That's way too many people injured (as a matter of fact, even one person would have been too many) because of a fight over a loser ex-boyfriend.

Poor Walmart: It's seemed to have attracted its share of crazies lately (i.e., the string bikini-clad shopper escorted out of the store; the couple who tried to sell their baby for $25; and the man superglued to the toilet seat, just to name a few). The statement it released to smooth over the bleach incident is laughable, if only because of how obvious it is:

This is obviously not the type of behavior we would expect from people at our stores. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused to our customers.

Of course this isn't the type of behavior you would expect from people at stores -- this isn't the type of behavior you would expect from animals at the zoo!

But don't blame the bargain shopping chain, blame all the stupid people who have forgotten how to practice common decency. It really says something about a person who resorts to hair-pulling and cat-scratching in a public place over an ex. But it says even more when someone would be so stupid as to put so many innocent people in harm's way because of a silly personal dispute.

 

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