Grandmother Sues Hooters After Brawl With Security Guard

hooters security guardAt a suburban Chicago Hooters, Joseph Schmidt is a security guard. But as a video shows and this lawsuit filed by customer Livier Torres claims, Schmidt seems to have operated more like a bouncer. Organizations across America that employ security guards should pay attention to this one.

On Jan. 10, 2010, customer Torres had a beef about her Hooters bill, arguing that she had been charged for food she hadn't ordered or received. She asked to speak to the restaurant manager. Instead the security guard, who appears as a giant next to Torres, stepped up to the plate. Almost instantly, the situation get tense between the two. Soon Schmidt has his hands around the grandmother's throat and was pulling her hair.

Surprisingly, it was Torres who wound up in jail for misdemeanor battery, currently serving out a 200-day sentence. Perhaps her record of some previous trouble with the law did her in.

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Depending on how much publicity this lawsuit gets in the media and whether Hooters settles for some big number, the role of security could undergo a major re-thinking in corporate America. Their job description and training could be radically changed. It won't help Hooters or Schmidt that this is hardly the first lawsuit regarding the behavior of a security guard. Actually, in the loss prevention industry, the lawsuits are escalating as more sophisticated customers "know their rights."

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daisy

Wow - someone needs to seriously get a life

November 21 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MR. JUAN _YOUR WARLOCK

Another enlightening moment--at about the 50 second mark--is the undeniable closed fist the inclined and infuriated cop approaches the woman with, as he meanders around the daughter, just before all hell breaks loose.

November 21 2010 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Dorian

What would you do if a crazy old lady walked into your house and spit on you? and wouldn't leave.

December 20 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
MR. JUAN _YOUR WARLOCK

First: I don’t like cops for all the reasons mentioned here, but it does look like she conceivably spit in the direction of the cop while her back is turned towards the camera, with a clearly identifiable spitting gesture, just before she turned around at the 52 second mark of the video tape.

Second: The cop is the guilty party for instigating the pushing and shoving confrontation by forcibly getting in the woman’s face and crowding her unnecessarily, shown clearly between the 25 thru 30 second mark of the video tape.

Third: This rogue cop is definitely the guilty ONE for instigating a needless confrontation that might provoke even the holiest of holier-than-thou human beings, to retaliate with a spiteful gesture in mind... Get it?

Fourth: Maybe all she did when she jerked her head forward at the 52 second mark was to FVCK the cop off with mere words; there is no clear evidence of spit flying in the face of this incensed rogue cop, who after viewing the tape can conjure up or say anything--as customary to cover his butt--since the video tape clearly reveals & exposes his agenda to instigate a quandary, within several junctures, during the entire unpleasant incident.

November 20 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sick of the morels of this country

I had replyed but now it's gone? WTF

November 21 2010 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeanne

I agree! People see what they want to see. Truth is... she visibly pushed that officer and there's a consequence for that.

November 20 2010 at 11:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
barbara

That fat pig needs to lose his job.That women is right to sue. If that hog had hit my mother like that hr would be pushing up daisys today. It takes a coward to do what he did

November 20 2010 at 10:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Feedup

More mexicans taking our money

November 20 2010 at 10:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
MYRNA

Am I the ONLY one besides marpegs that can SEE in the video what looks like the woman lunging with her head and PROBABLY SPITTING on the officer just before he jumps her. Obviously she was a bit out of control and I don't believe that anyone could doubt that she lunges and spits at the officer from what it looks like from behind... I would say that SOMEONE in the court or the jury saw that move and proceeded to punish her for spitting on the officer and being unruly!! And I do CONCEDE that the office was too rough on this woman, but I think he was honest in saying that she spit on him...

November 20 2010 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MR. JUAN _YOUR WARLOCK

No dear--you are definitely not the only one--but this rogue cop is definitely the guilty ONE for instigating a needless confrontation that might provoke even the holiest of holier-than-thou human beings, to retaliate with a spiteful gesture in mind... Get it?

November 20 2010 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MR. JUAN _YOUR WARLOCK

The cop is the guilty party for instigating the pushing and shoving confrontation by forcibly getting in the woman’s face and crowding her unnecessarily, shown clearly between the 25 thru 30 second mark of the video tape.

November 20 2010 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

Another racist moron?

November 20 2010 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hawaii

I am outraged as I see the clip. I don't care what this lady's rap sheet is, at that moment he didn't know if she was a 'clean' person or not. Instead he, a typical bully with a badget, decided he needed to kick her ass and he did. Knowing that she could not possibly fight back due to the size and mass difference. However, when MEN and other people who COULD kick his ass, he totally chickens out and calls for back-up! You can see his growing rage, I believe that's fueled by his prejudice towards Mexicans, keeps growing and growing. Even if she did spit on him, is that the same thing as yanking her hair and neck and slamming her to the bar? No, it's clear he already had a lit fuse and was just a bomb going off. Imagine how he treated other races when he did a stop on them...people who were probably too scared to report him. It may not have been physical like this, probably in the way he talked down to them and showed his prejudice through his face, body and words. This behavior did not occur suddenly - he's been escalating. And like any bully, whether on the school ground or in a public place, when he's outnumbered he's the first to call mommy mommy help me. Chicken shit poor excuse of a man. BTW what a great screening process this town has for their police officers. If there's one, there might be more of these bullies with a badget infesting them.

November 20 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daisy

Marpegs - Wssn't it you who was complaining about sloppy grammar. How long did it take for you to string that little sentence together.
You are trying soooo hard to sound witty and intelligent. It is not working.

November 20 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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