A new former hospital worker has been arrested for a third time for stealing from patients, including the rent money of own elderly victim. Tacoma Jawara worked at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Police alleged that Jawara stole rent money from an elderly woman after she was checked into the hospital and spent much of it at a spa. She could not pay her rent and died within days of the theft.
Jaware issued the following apology: “To everybody that I’ve ever did anything wrong to, I’m sorry.” Now that is one universal apology, including everyone ever wronged in any respect by Jawara. Not surprisingly, the victims have rejected the apology as insincere.
Jawara seemed to blame his conduct on working at a hospital: “And, you know, once you work with a lot of distraught people, deaths and stuff like that you get kind of cold. And you don’t really be feeling what everybody feels. And going through financial stress…I just made the wrong choices.”
It is not clear if the hospital will be subject to any liability for the hiring and supervision of Jawara. While this is not generally covered under theories of respondeat superior, there can be liability for negligence for the employer in such a case. The death of the one victim would present a difficult question of causation, but it could make for an interesting tort claim.
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