This is Mikie Sawyer, 26, who is accused of being a demonstrably horrible person . . . and an accused felon. Harry Sander, 80, was at Applebee’s when he said Sawyer was speaking loudly with various obscenities. Sander reportedly asked Sawyer politely to stop the foul language in the family restaurant and Sander allegedly proceeded to cuss him out and punch the octogenarian in the face. Please promise me that this will make it to a jury. Hopefully, Sawyer will to take the restaurant’s new slogan literally: “See you tomorrow”.
Warning: this story contains foul language.
The incident occurred Port Orange, Florida.
The confrontation late Sunday in the Port Orange eatery resulted in the arrest of Mikie Sawyer on a felony charge for battering a person over the age of 65. Witnesses say that Sander simply asked him to stop using the word “fuck” so loudly as well as repeated references to “titties and ass.” Sawyer reportedly responded that he did not have to stop swearing and Sander said that in his native Germany people cannot speak like that. Sawyer allegedly replied “I don’t care where you are from whether it be Russia or Dutch take your ass to the other side of the bar.” It is bad enough that Sawyer believes that German people come from “Dutch” but he then reportedly punched Sander in the face and pushed him to the floor, leaving the elderly pensioner with a red left eye and bruises. Police reported that Sawyer’s knuckles “appeared discolored and bruised.”
Sawyer was also accused of charging at a worker in a “threatening manner” after the worker followed Sawyer and his friends into the parking lot and saying he “would also kick [the employee’s] ass too.”
Sawyer was arrested later at a traffic stop and arrested for charged with battery on a person over 65 years of age and disorderly conduct.
This story hit a recurring issue raised on this blog. I am often astonished with adults using foul language in such public spaces with children and I have asked people to stop using such language. It is never easy. It is part of a society that seems to be get more and more crude. As we have discussed in sports and other areas, there is a growing view that people acting like thugs is just part of life and that foul and sexually explicit conduct is acceptable. I admit that I have often come across as something of a prude in such stories but I still regret the loss of civility and decorum among adults. This is not to suggest that such values should be enforced by the government. However, properly raised people know that adults are expected to follow basic social standards of decency in a civilized society. Instead, we are raising a generation of thugs (and people thrilled by their conduct). It took a great deal of courage for Sander to confront this man . . . even if Sawyer thought it was just another guy from “Dutchland.”
Source: Click Orlando