Brownstoner is reporting that a teen thug who had been knocking books off the shelves at the Court Street Barnes and Noble assaulted the manager who asked him to leave:
Brownstoner: The manager had asked him to leave the store. “You disrespectin’ me?” the teen shouted back. No, that’s why I’m asking you nicely to leave, but you need to leave, reiterated the manager. Then, wham, the teen wound up and socked the manager in the face, bloodying him and knocking him over, and took off down the street. Rather than stick around to help i.d. the assailant, whom our tipster overheard some of the kids saying they knew where he lived, the rest of them took off as well. No word on whether the cops caught the guy. Update: Turns out that someone did call the cops and they came very quickly, but the assailant had already fled.
Ah! The old “are you disrespecting me” line. Ironically, it seems to only eminate from the mouths of those who don’t command, deserve or understand the concept.