We've all heard of those tell-tale stories where a burglar breaks into a home or business - somehow becomes injured - and then sues the owner of the property during the process - and that's exactly what's happening in Long Island, New York after a robbery suspect is now seeking compensation for his injuries which were sustained during the theft.
Police say that Shawn Harris, a not-so-clever thief, walked into a liquor store in North Bellmore, Long Island in August of 2016 with the intent to steal bottles Hennessy and Patron for his personal pleasure.
He's currently an inmate in the Nassau County Correctional Center, according to the<a href="https://nypost.com/2018/05/26/thief-sues-after-being-shot-while-robbing-store/"> New York Post</a>, where he filed the lawsuit in a federal court while incarcerated.
Harris detailed his account of the events, where he says he grabbed four bottles of his favorite alcohol, stuffed two of them into his pants, and then brought the other two to the front counter to pay for them.
Once he arrived at the counter, the clerk then asked for Harris’ Driver's License, when he realized he didn't have it on him, telling the cashier he had to go to his car and get it.
During his walk back to the vehicle, the two bottles Harris had placed inside his pants to steal fell out and shattered in the parking lot, making his efforts in vain.
This time, two friends of Harris coerced him into going back inside the business to try and grab additional bottles of liquor for theft, as the trio walked inside.
Once they made their purchase and left the building, the store owner, apparently suspicious, followed the men outside the business.
After a brief confrontation, followed by a struggle, Harris and his friends tried to jump into their car and flee the scene. The clerk then attempted to grab the keys from the ignition out of a rolled-down window, but Harris continued to drive in reverse placing the clerk's life in danger, so the man fired two shots at him.
Harris claims that he was struck in the shoulder and that he refused medical treatment for fear of being arrested, instead of attempting to perform the surgery on himself.
In a handwritten letter detailing the events, Harris showed his lack of intelligence, not only naming the incorrect business name when retelling the story but even describing the clerk with a fictitious name.
We'et going to recount the exact story as per Harris’ description, but take note that the spelling and the grammatical errors are from Shawn Harris himself, as he filed the lawsuit from the Nassau County Correctional Center where he's being held on unrelated charges.
The following disastrous writing and spelling errors are exactly what Harris wrote in the lawsuit to a federal court:
<blockquote>“I walked into the Hennesey and Patron section.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“I removed 4 bottles of liquor and I put 2 bottles in my pants and walked to pay for the other 2 bottles and [the store owner] asked for I.D. and I told him I need to go to the car and get my I.D. and I went outside and Dropped the 2 Bottles.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“We was followed outside and the store owner pulled out a handgun and stated give me the bottles back.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“During this the store owner shoots my friend and he confronted me outside the car and shot me also and I ran off.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“I was shot by Lan Dong Dong in my right shoulder and I did not receive medical treatment because I was scared of Getting Arrested . . . so I did my own medical treatment.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“I want to be compusated 2.7 million dollars for my injuries.</blockquote>
Outside of the utterly outlandish claim that he somehow should be compensated for his crimes of robbing a liquor store and being shot in the process, as well as the fact that Harris misspelled several words throughout his lawsuit, he also named the wrong liquor store.
According to Harris’ lawsuit, it names Lan Dong Dong of Grapes & Grains, a liquor store in Baldwin, Long Island, as the business where the incident occurred in which he wants compensation.
However, police say that no such robbery every occurred at Grapes & Grains, and the owner of the business has never seen Harris before.
“I don’t know how he got my name and store name,” Dong said of the not-so-bright criminal.
As it turns out, <i>the incident Harris is referring to actually happened</i>, but it was at the Newbridge Wine & Liquors, in North Bellmore, around six miles away from the store that Harris named in his lawsuit, according to<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5778279/Thief-sues-liquor-store-owner-2-7m-shot-trying-rob-shop.html"> The Daily Mail</a>.
With Harris having showcases his stupidity, this entire case certainly has the hallmarks of <i>world's dumbest criminal</i>, but the lawsuit itself is being taken very serious by the courts in New York, unsurprisingly.
It's likely that an attorney who happens to overhear this story fluctuating through the media will pick up Harris case and file suit against the appropriate liquor store where he was shot, but with this happening in 2018, it serves as a reminder of just how far a criminal will go to get ahead.
There should be legislation preventing a would-be robber, or a thief life Harris from ever seeking compensations for injuries received during criminal activity.
This is beyond ignorant, and it just shouldn't be allowed to happen.
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Here in GA and many Southern States we have a Laws that do not allow Criminals to sue for injuries sustained during the commission of a crime, or inflected a person defending themselves from attack or harm which was part of a crime.
I guess its a Liberal NY Lawyer ambulance chasing law.