If researchers are looking for evidence of nature over nurture to rebut Skinner, they need to look no further than the father and son team of Edward R. Pluhar Sr., 61, and Edward R. Pluhar Jr. 26. Junior reportedly did not want to wait in line at Wal-Mart in Muncie, Delaware, so he went to the front of the line. When a guy objected, he and his father became abusive and threatened him. It turned out to be off-duty police officer Chris Kirby. The confrontation would end up in the parking lot with Kirby injured by the Pluhar’s van and the Pluhars ultimately in the Delaware County Jail.
The encounter occurred on a Sunday and resulted in the son being charged with battery and the father being charged with criminal recklessness with a vehicle and intimidation.
Kirby was with his wife and daughter at the time when he told Junior that he needed to wait his turn. Junior refused and Senior than demanded that Kirby go outside and fight it out, saying that he was going to “kick his ass” and possibly shoot him. Kirby then told them that they were speaking to a police officer and the two reportedly made a fast retreat to their van. However, Kirby followed them while calling for the police. He stood behind the van to keep them from leaving and was allegedly hit by the Dad and slightly injured in the leg. Junior then reportedly fought with the officer.
Besides the sheer stupidity reflected in these charges, one is stuck by how the police could come up with charges in this Walmart case but not when another officer threw an elderly man to the ground and threw another man through a glass door.
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