Ex-Dollar Tree Worker Charged With Trying To Burn Down Store, Claims Conspiracy

Damon Cooper Dollar Tree storeAn ex-employee of Dollar Tree allegedly set fire to one of its Texas stores after claiming that he was the target of a vicious national conspiracy led by the discount chain.

Hours after distributing flyers claiming that he was being "followed, threatened, watched, set-up, stalked ... and much more from state to state by Dollar Trees, Inc" and police departments around the country, Damon Cooper, 33, purportedly walked into the Dollar Tree branch located in the north Dallas suburb of McKinney on Monday afternoon and used a bottle of lighter fluid to set the store aflame. Nobody was hurt and the fire did not spread to surrounding businesses, news reports say.

The McKinney Police Department arrived on the scene and ordered the man it identified as Cooper to leave the store. He eventually complied after throwing canned goods through a store window, police say, after which Cooper was arrested and charged with arson.

Dollar Tree confirmed to the local CBS TV station, that Cooper was an ex-employee, but didn't say when or how long he had been employed by the chain. Prior to this incident, Cooper reportedly had spent weeks ranting online and distributing flyers about this alleged conspiracy, claiming that attempts had been made on his life.

In his public Facebook page, he also posted an apparent warning of his attack roughly an hour before he arrived at the store:

"This is officially the day to start the Fish Grease so to all my true family and friends until we meet again.... I will be going to my old employers store that I honestly believe they built out here around the corner from me to get me upset but I didn't respond to their continued attacks until now so look out for the information about what happened to the Dollar Tree Store in McKinney ,TX.

"I am being followed, threatened, watched, set-up, stalked, attempted to be committed, imprisoned and much more from state to state by Dollar Trees Inc., N.Y.P.D., Texas P.D., N.C.P.D., Az P.D., Georgia County Superior Court, Wal-Mart, maybe more... They even tried to kill me."


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Jim

Probably was happening, more than likey his anger was misdirected and the Dollar Store had little to do with it.

Research Cointelpro, it is happening with increased frequency, the new technologies make it easier and more lethal.

June 13 2012 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
IVAN

Whether this guy is crazy or not, well he has a grievance against this chain store. As to whether it is justified or not, that is a different story. A friend worked for this store a few years ago.When they failed to send his W-2 statement to him he called up the corporate office in Virginia as he was instructed to do, they told him to contact another online company to obtain a replacement. This sounded strange because he never received it in the first place. So he called up this other company from a number he found online, and was told that it would cost him about $ 10 dollars for the "replacement" copy, to be paid in advance. When he told me this I tried to call the company's corporate office, only to have them hang up on me when I asked for someone higher up. The issue was solved when I called the I.R.S. office, and explained the situation. Within 10 days my friend had his W-2 so he could file his taxes. As well as a letter of apology for the misunderstanding.
So, I can see how this guy has an ax to grind with this company. But his actions are not justified in any case.

June 05 2012 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
furtura1

G.W. Bush's patriot act, drones in action, trying to kill this guy, he was just striking back against the machine of big brother

June 05 2012 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ronald Malozi

another loser

June 05 2012 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ectullis

Perfectly good good reason th set fire to the store.

June 05 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ajafullmn

schizoprenic, sounds like. should see a dr.

June 05 2012 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert

Ahhh, yeah, sure, whatever you say, boss.

June 05 2012 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilenedan2

This poor man is suffering from schizophrenia that is evidently untreated. He has pretty classic paranoid delusions IMO. He needs to be locked up and treated for his own good and for the safety of those around him. Sadly, in our society, we often don't help these people until they hurt themselves or someone else because we insist people who are mentally incompetent still have the right to make their own decisions, all in the name of liberty, and we thwart their loved ones from intervening. Then, the media jokes about it or reacts with anger when someone gets hurt.

June 05 2012 at 3:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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IVAN

To lock someone up they have to be adjudged to be a danger to themselves or to others. This person has now shown those characteristics.
Sadly, even if he gets the help he needs, while incarcerated, once back out on the streets, he may just revert back to his old habits. Most of the anti-psychotic medications one can be put on, are really nasty. They have some very unpleasant side effects, which many decide are not what they want to live with. So they stop taking them, and end up in trouble with the law again.
As for these persons having the right to refuse treatment for their psychosis, that is part of our constitutional rights. It is a fine line between locking up a person who needs such treatment, and those whose family want this for other reasons. An individuals rights should never be taken away so lightly. For if they can do that for one such as this, what is going to happen when you or someone else is put in a similar situation ? This is why there are required steps that need to be followed, and precedence set for those actions to be placed upon a person. And sometimes, family are the ones who want to keep their relative out of such confinement.

June 05 2012 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
quinncarpetclean

don't be so quick to judge.....i've known for years that wal mart has a secret file on me....they listen to my conversations, they're watching me now through the walls with chinese infra red equipment....one day, i'll just disappear

June 05 2012 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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IVAN

One day ? I thought you had left long ago. Nice to know you have managed remain this long....

June 05 2012 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mckdarren

Summarily execute this lifetime burden to society today, at once.

June 05 2012 at 3:27 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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