Yesterday the BK began serving customers again after the homicide -- which is what the cops are now calling it -- of 67-year-old Paul Cannon, who was punched in the face by a 20-year-old BK employee. Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head. From WJBK:
Police said that on Thursday afternoon, a 20-year-old employee and the senior customer, who is believed to have been homeless, got into it. They began arguing and that quickly turned into a physical fight.
Police said the employee then punched Cannon in the face.
At first, it was not clear what caused his death. Police questioned if the impact of the blow caused the man to choke on his dentures. Even though the punch caused his false teeth to break into pieces that is not what killed him. According to the medical examiner, Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head.
That Burger King employee has been arrested. It is now up to the Wayne County prosecutor to determine whether he will be charged in connection to the customer's death.
No way to treat a customer, eh? Sure, but this one’s hard to believe. Crazy sad.
OK, imagine you’re an elderly guy of 67 who's hungry. You hit the Burger King on Gratiot near St. Aubin to get some food. You know this ain’t exactly a utopian neighborhood but what the hell, it’s BK, right? You stroll in and the place feels familiar and family safe, it's clean and well-lighted, the brightest spot for blocks. You arrive at the counter, which tonight is manned by a 20-year-old kid. You are hungry and the food smells great but for some reason this fast-food server starts arguing with you, and he's quickly becoming a punk. And then, suddenly, this kid clocks you one right in the face. You feel yourself falling over. You hit the floor. Then you see yourself in the care of an emergency crew. You're getting rushed to the hospital. But the lights go out. You die.
That's probably what happened to a 67-year-old gent at that Burger King last night, according this WJBK story. Video is below.
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