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Man says "F*ck it" at Sam's Club, gets a ticket for disorderly conduct

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Should saying the F-word at Sam's Club be a crime?

Russell Blackburn doesn't think so. Back in January, the 59-year-old Blackburn was checking out at an Aurora Sam's Club. He paid for his dog food, cheese, milk and other items and then stood at the end of a long line of people waiting for yet another Sam's employee to check his receipt against the groceries in his cart. A diabetic, Blackburn realized that his blood sugar level was dropping; he was shaking and his vision was wonky. He says he knew that if he didn't get to the candy stashed in his car, he'd probably collapse. "Fuck it," he said, and he steered his cart toward the front of the line.

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An off-duty Aurora police officer who was working security for Sam's Club shouted at Blackburn to get back in line. According to the police report, Blackburn replied, "This is fucking ridiculous. I am not standing in fucking line again."

Blackburn doesn't remember saying that; he says he only remembers saying the F-word once -- and that it wasn't directed at anybody in particular. "When I said it, I was looking straight ahead," he says. The police report also says that a witness reported that he felt like Blackburn "was going to fight him because of the way he was acting."

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The Aurora Sam's Club where Russell Blackburn was shopping.
But Blackburn says he didn't interact with anyone but the off-duty officer. When the officer asked for his ID, Blackburn says he repeatedly asked if he was being arrested or detained. The officer refused to answer, Blackburn says, so he asked for his name and to see his badge. "He said, 'I don't have to give that to you,'" recalls Blackburn, a computer programmer by trade. "And I said, 'I think you do.'"

When Blackburn finally reached for his ID, he says the officer grabbed his wrist and twisted his arm. "I pointed with my other hand to the cop and said, 'Isn't this a little over the top? Is this really necessary?'" Blackburn says.

That's when the officer said he was going to teach him a lesson, Blackburn recalls. The officer got on his police radio, Blackburn says, and called for another Aurora cop to bring him a ticket book. When the book arrived ten or fifteen minutes later, the officer wrote Blackburn a ticket for violating the city ordinance that prohibits disorderly conduct. Specifically, Blackburn was cited for "using abusive language or threats to any person present which creates a clear and present danger of violence."

Continue for more on Blackburn's upcoming trial.



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231 comments
dennisyoung123
dennisyoung123

These new facts regarding this story. The COP that arrested Mr. Blackburn does not work for SAM'S CLUB any more, Is there a story there .      !!!!!!!!!!!!!/??????

Haydee Schabelski
Haydee Schabelski

Completely understandable. I have family with such conditions. Being he was in a grocery store, he had pretty easy access. Form what I read, he used that as an excuse, it never was mentioned again if that was anything critical. Cuz unfortunately, I also know people that certain conditions as scapegoats when it is in fact not serious.

Alton Thomas
Alton Thomas

F*** Sam's Club to rip off anyways f*** you Sam's Club f*** you f*** you f*** you

Alton Thomas
Alton Thomas

F*** it f*** it f*** it f*** it s*** s*** s*** s*** s*** f*** f*** f***

Chris Heismann
Chris Heismann

Have you ever been around a diabetic with dropping blood sugar? They can react in all sorts of unpredictable ways, and they aren't always in control. In this case, if someone had asked "maybe you need a candy bar" at some point early on, maybe, just maybe it wouldn't have escalated.

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

just glad he didnt need to go to the hospital or die from his medical condition which triggered his panic attack which caused him to say FUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Ok my phone is freaking out so if i have posted more than once my bad lol. This is nonsense. First OFF DUTY. Second Freedom of Speech right? Im guilty of the f bomb quite a lot...not saying it is classy but I am grown, not saying kids need to hear it befoee you rip my head off. I have kids, they know they cannot cuss, they know adults do. Teach your kids to do as you say not as you do. And if your saying you have never said fuck yiu are a liar. Fuck is just a word. I would fight the ticket and file a complaint against the OFF DUTY officer. Utter nonsense

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

Kim Sloan STFU with your "always in front of your daughter" b.s. Welcome to the real world! Where are you taking her? Bars?

Alex Townsend
Alex Townsend

@haydee: douchbaggery isn't illegal. I'd be pissed to wait on a line to get out AFTER paying. What a shitty store.

Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

The bs never ends with these police! They're all crooked and they're not going to stop until every last citizen is in fear of coming into any contact with police! Sadly, I've taught my kids the dangers that police pose and that they're not always what they seem! It's a sick sick thing when you have to teach young children to mistrust police!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

At least the off duty cop didn't shoot the old guy for having a medical emergency. 

Kim Sloan
Kim Sloan

Yes, I'm tired of people saying that word, and its always in front of my young daughter.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

The off duty cop was in the wrong. Regardless of any facts, the guy will end up getting the case closed.

Dan Falliaux
Dan Falliaux

Getting arrested for the f-bomb? I'm in for a life sentence. Fuck!

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Talk is cheap coming from someone who likes to post pictures burning the American flag. You should get a hobby.

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Lmao little butthurt there "Bradford"? What's wrong did I hit a nerve?

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Chafeway has that tendency to rub off the wrong way. Can't blame them.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Fuck YOU for being such an utter fucking imbecile. The fucking First Amendment doesn't fucking apply on fucking PRIVATE property.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

In other news, my cranky old neighbor ran off a bunch of meddlin' kids running amok on his lawn by holding his elaborate studded cane as a rifle.

powzerospace
powzerospace

Just one more nazi in this country over asserting his "authority" because he didn't agree with someone expressing their opinion. He should be put on trial
in Nuremberg

Alyssa Sena
Alyssa Sena

If that was the case Safeway shoppers would be collecting tickets, but yeah that's fucking ridiculous!! Fuck It!

Jan Reece
Jan Reece

Freedom of speech! Everybody says that...that's what's wrong w the world, police are policing the wrong things, having sex on duty, buying, and imbibing in drugs, and trying to control everyone except themselves and the criminals. U better check the Constitution or make more jails cause everyone says that!!

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

Um... howbout fuck that fascist pig? (Is this just a ploy to see how many times people will post the word "fuck"?)

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Fuck that cop and his infringement on constitutional rights. And Fuck that store Cus I bet it wasn't posted as a policy.

Margaux Milchen
Margaux Milchen

Walmart and Sams..places no respectable people would ever go.

Haydee Schabelski
Haydee Schabelski

I'm not sure what would've been a proper response, but it sounds like Blackburn was acting like a douchey asshole. I hate when people act like that and always get away with it. Fuck him. He was trying to use Diabetes as an excuse for his douchebaggery.

Robb Pierce
Robb Pierce

He pays a membership fee to shop @ Sam's Club, he should be able to say "fuck it"!

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Blackburn says he repeatedly asked if he was being arrested or detained. The officer refused to answer, Blackburn says, so he asked for his name and to see his badge. "He said, 'I don't have to give that to you,'" recalls Blackburn, a computer programmer by trade. "And I said, 'I think you do.'"

Marcus Rose
Marcus Rose

I got a lot of shit about my comment. How is it OK for an off duty police officer arrest someone without proper id? So I could just say I'm a cop and show no Id and take someone away? They give you a ton of shit if you have no id... Why shouldn't cops be held to the same standard?

Jennifer Berry Wilson
Jennifer Berry Wilson

If a cop is off duty...he's should be just that..off duty. Unless someone is being physically harmed..he should mind his own business

Chad Nelan
Chad Nelan

This is a fucking joke right? I mean fuck what the fuck is going on when a guy can't just say fuck every fucking once in a while. Doesn't fucking cop have anything better to fucking do? For fucks sake. Fucking worthless cop should lose his fucking badge for wasting my fucking tax dollars on this fucking shit.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Another bad cop that needs to be fired to make room for a good cop.

mallam
mallam

If everyone was detained or arrested because someone didn’t like the look on their face, I think all of us would be in jail. Some people look angry, in pain, or happy for that matter. You can be killed by someone seemingly happy and smiling at you. The only hostile act I get from this fiasco is the ignorant and misguided view that citizens the “rent a cop” encounters are like his children to be disciplined or bullied as he sees fit. In fact if he treated his children in the same manor he treated Mr. Blackburn, he’d be arrested for child abuse. I wonder how many people, in Sam’s Club for instance, say things that offend others. I can’t believe a police officer doesn’t hear much worse in the police station, from detainees and fellow staff members. This is an example of someone singling out an individual to show their authority when in fact they don’t have much, that they are cool (to impress the people they work with), or to ease some personal pain they have (fight with wife, money problems, etc.). Actually it doesn’t matter. The “rent a cop” OVER REACTED! If you ask someone for their ID and they reach for it, you don’t grab them and use a wrist lock on them. It could have been just as easy for Mr. Blackburn to have been shot. The first amendment rights is an important issue here, and I hope some concerned attorney will take that up in Mr. Blackburn’s behalf; however, the “rent a cop”/off duty police officer should undergo serious psychological evaluation. Anyone who overreacts the way he did could easily be seen to be a real danger to his family and the community for which we presume he is sworn to serve and protect. Who was he serving and protecting in that situation?

P.S. This is a law suit begging to be brought against Sam’s Club.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Mean old diabetics, always trying to get preferential treatment like getting glucose in a diabetic emergency. 

powzerospace
powzerospace

Hmm, and I hate when people like you think cops are above the law and can do what ever they want. That's what is wrong with this country. And you let them do it. Wait until you are on the receiving end, because it's already too late

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