A TJ Maxx customer was attacked online after he attempted to stop a shoplifter in Mira Loma, California.

In the now-viral video, the man can be seen throwing the shoplifter to the ground after she tried to walk away with bags full of merchandise that she did not pay for.

Instead of being thanked for stopping a crime in progress, the man was maligned on social media, with people implying that he was motivated by racism and should have minded his own business.

Multiple respondents said that he committed assault and should be charged accordingly.

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Another user attempted to impugn the good samaritan’s motives, saying that he ‘just wanted an excuse’ to physically harm someone rather than stopping shoplifters from stealing from stores in his community.

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Another user implied that he was racist, saying that he ‘just wanted an excuse to beat up a black woman’ before calling people defending the man ‘insurrectionists’.

Still, others defended him, with one person saying that while it may not be ‘worth it’ for people to stop shoplifters, there will be no stores left in communities of people do not step up.

Another user pointed out that the actions of shoplifters can negatively affect people in the community with increased prices, before saying that the man should be ‘given an award’.

The video of the man stopping the shoplifter can be seen below.


ABC 7 News Reports

A customer was captured on video taking matters into his own hands and knocking an alleged thief to the ground as she tried to walk away with bags of merchandise from a T.J. Maxx store in Mira Loma.

Bystander footage showed the man confront the suspected shoplifter and reach for her bags, which set off a scuffle between the two near the entrance.

A witness said the altercation happened Sunday around 1:30 p.m. at a T.J. Maxx store on Limonite Avenue.

After one woman leaves, a man jumps in to stop the other woman from walking away. A brief struggle ensues and the man eventually knocks the woman to the ground, and she appears to leave without the two bags she tried to take.

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