SANDY, Ore. (KOIN) — An argument outside of a Fred Meyer store in Sandy ended in an employee pushing a man to the ground — and it was caught on camera.
Brooklyn Johnson told KOIN 6 News she was waiting in the car for her mom on Saturday when she noticed a man trying to park in an empty space where a woman was unloading groceries.
“He was trying to move in for a parking spot and he hit the cart and it hit her,” Johnson said.
The driver, named Dave, said he then got out of his car to talk to the woman and try to figure out what had happened. Witnesses told KOIN 6 News the man was aggressive to the woman and other shoppers who tried to step in.
“All hell breaks loose,” Dave said. “She’s screaming, ‘You hit me, you hit me, you hit me!'”
But the situation escalated when a Fred Meyer employee stepped in.
Police officers were called but the woman who claimed to have been hit didn’t want to wait around. Dave said he wanted a picture of her license plate for a crash report as the woman went to leave.
That’s when the store employee stepped in between Dave and the car. The employee grabs Dave and walks him backward.
“He had ahold of my arm and he’s backing up and backing up,” Dave told KOIN 6 News. “He grabs hold of me and he jerks me towards my car and he throws me toward the back of my car.”
Eventually, Dave stumbled and fell. The disabled Marine Corps veteran said he has a bad leg from an old hip replacement and lost his balance in the parking lot.
“They’re all just standing there, looking at me,” Dave said.
He maintained that he did nothing wrong and doesn’t understand why the employee would lay hands on him in the first place.
“I don’t think a manager should take that type of action,” Dave said.
He said he’d also like to hear from the woman who accused him of bumping the shopping cart into her.
“I wish she hadn’t taken off, I would’ve liked to know if she was okay,” he said.
Brooklyn agreed that the manager shouldn’t have touched Dave but added, “There’s always two sides to a story.”
“Both of them stepped out of place: manager taking it that far and the man to begin with,” she said.
A spokesperson for Fred Meyer said the company is investigating the incident and will take action based on what they find. The spokesperson added customer safety is a top priority.
Sandy police are also investigating and want anyone who witnessed the incident to call them at 503.655.8211.