A Southern Dallas Store Clerk, Tired of Bouncing Checks and Bullying Customers, Finally Breaks

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There are legal ways for stores to deal with hot checks. They can contact the customer and convince him or her to pay up. Failing that, they can go to small claims court. They can file a police report. They can even post offenders' photos at the cash register as a kind of rite of public shaming.

One thing they definitely cannot do is fire a handgun as they chase the hot-check writer from their store and follow him home. Well, they can. It's just not legal.

Yong Hyon Yu seems to have missed that part. The 45-year-old was working behind the counter at C&P Grocery in Southeast Dallas just before 7 p.m. Wednesday when Miguel Araiza walked in.

At first, Yu didn't recognize the 26-year-old, who paid for his purchase and started to leave. Then, as Araiza was walking out the door, Yu glanced at the photo lineup of hot-check writers the store keeps behind the counter. According to a police report, he yelled at Araiza to come back, then pointed to his picture on the piece of paper. He had tried to cash a check weeks earlier that had bounced and owed the store money, Yu explained. It was time to pay up.

Araiza didn't deny bouncing the check but said he didn't have the money to pay his debt. So, police say, Yu told a colleague to call police and fetch his shotgun. He racked the weapon and pointed it at the ground. Araiza told police that he pleaded with the clerk to be reasonable. He didn't have the cash right then, but he lived right around the corner.

Yu put down the shotgun and followed him outside, stopping at his truck to get his Smith & Wesson pistol. "You don't have to do all that," Araiza told him, but Yu merely racked the handgun, pointed it to the side, and fired a single round into the ground. Then, Yu climbed in his pickup and tailed Araiza as he walked the short distance to his house. Yu stood outside when Araiza went in, pacing back and forth with the handgun holstered on his belt, then began pounding on the door. Araiza yelled that he had no money and, after a while, Yu left.

Police pulled Yu's truck over on the way back to the store. He still had the Smith & Wesson. "When I first moved into the store in December, the black and Mexican people made fun of me," he later explained to officers. "I had to show them that I am tough."

Araiza certainly wasn't laughing at Yu by that point. Neither were police. They arrested Yu for deadly conduct and took him to Lew Sterrett.


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How come he didn't get an award by Governor Oops?  

Casie Pierce
Casie Pierce

"Tired of having bounced checks and bullying from customers"

Casie Pierce
Casie Pierce

so glad that he stopped bouncing checks and bullying customers...

Melissa Howell
Melissa Howell

The store owner should stop taking checks. It's 2013 and unless they're senior citizens, most people who write checks do sof because they don't have any money and don't have a credit card or have maxed it out. Still, this story is a little comical. Sounds like a scene out of "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."

Johnna Oates
Johnna Oates

we're pulling out shotguns for hot checks? Wow. What does he do when someone actually takes a penny.

Marie Allen
Marie Allen

I would have stopped taking checks and pulled out my shot gun but I certainly would not have followed him SMDH

Brock Darr
Brock Darr

Damn shame. The guy should have offered to return the goods he just purchased to use the funds to pay off the old debt. The store owner should have thought of that solution prior to grabbing firearms. Firearms are to protect or use as recreational hobby/sport not to stop hot check writers. So sorry for both of these gentlemen. Hoping they see the light and get right real quick.

David Norton
David Norton

If I had so many hot checks I was at the point where I was going to chase someone with a gun and shoot at them I would buy a damn check reader. It directly takes it from their account, the same as a debit card as they are to in the past to have a debit card. And can be abused much easier than a debit card for identity theft... it's really bad to keep using checks now days unless your a business (checks are safer to keep at work than cash kind of thing, if someone holds you up and takes them from the safe you can call it in before they get home)

Patrick W. Soileau
Patrick W. Soileau

Unless you've actually owned a business and got stuck with hot checks, you have absolutely no idea how infuriating it can be! Yeah, the store owner was wrong. The customer, however, was pretty brazen to go back and give the owner yet *another* check. The simple answer is.... don't accept checks. These days, many businesses simply do no. If the store owner feels that he must, then perhaps he should look into one of those check authorization systems, which essentially drafts the money out of the checking account on-the-spot, just like using a debit card. Yeah, I'm sure it costs more... but so does going to jail for using force against some deadbeat who's trying to cheat you out of your money. :)

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis

Who uses checks any more? That was so 10 years ago ....

Obummer
Obummer

Yo iz Araiza payn any income taxes?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Not a shining example of firearms use & handling.  I can feel for the store-owner, though.


From Clerks:

Dante Hicks: Someone jammed gum in the locks.

Veronica Loughran: You're kidding.

Dante Hicks: Bunch of savages in this town.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

He's always been nice when we stop on our way to McCommas Bluff but then again we pay in cash.

josiepuente
josiepuente

They need to also get rid of the dope fiends standing outside too .. I hate that shit

awash1
awash1

He and the check writer should be in jail.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

That guy deserves a medal, he's put his money into a business and gets ripped off by a scumbag, he should be able to collect that debt, be it in cash or scalp. Curious, if the guy hasn't bonded out yet, perhaps we should setup a kickstarter/fund drive to pay for his bail..

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

This is Texas- man has a right to defend his business from people trying to rip him off. Everyone around learned a lesson, and I bet that Mr. A will never again bounce a check in this town.

As a taxpaying business owner in a poor area, providing revenue and food- Yu should not go to jail for this, though he should get a stern lecture on waving your firearms around. 

Aide Salinas
Aide Salinas

Jose Salinas your neck of the woods broski :/

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

As Ed and Patsy Bruce would say in Korean:

Hangug-eun dangsin-ui iminja kauboi lo seongjang haji anhseubnida.

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

Good for Yu!!! He has to deal with that crap everyday, I would have been arrested a long time ago for blasting a burrito or a homie.

Frank Gracia
Frank Gracia

It had to be in the barrio of Pleasant Grove

Kathy Bowen Sorells
Kathy Bowen Sorells

can't say I don't feel Yu's frustration. IMHO, the folks in the neighborhood are shooting themselves in the foot by their actions.I don't know why people still try to have neighborhood businesses.

Josette Weatherspoon-Holland
Josette Weatherspoon-Holland

What's a check? .... oof... People who still write checks & the establishments that accept them.... wow.

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

Can someone explain to me where exactly southern Dallas ends and south Dallas begins? Every paper seems to define it differently.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

So when does the boycott start? Are they busy making signs right now? It's hot out, they better bring some of those umbrella hats.

if6were9
if6were9

Checks sometimes bounce, bullets usually don't. Moral of the story: holster that sidearm, before it holsters you, partners. 

gabbahey
gabbahey

Easy solution: STOP TAKING CHECKS. If they don't have the money, they don't have the money. Taking a  fucking piece of paper as payment (that's worth less than the ink that's on it), is a probably sign that you shouldn't be in business anyway.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Theft by check.  

ruddski
ruddski

I didn't know people still used checks.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Brock Darr I guess you missed the part where Araiza lied to Yu about having the money at his house and that Araiza's hot check was for cash; yet he had money that day.

Yu should shut that store down and move it to a better part of town.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Andrew Davis If you're a woman and shop at Tom Thumb, you write checks. I always get stuck in line behind her.

josalinas73
josalinas73

Great. It's within walking distance now. So much drama in the PGV.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

skank, sorry I had to, miss me? vacation is fun, now back to it

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@EastDallasP1 I think mostly when referring to southern Dallas, they mean the southern sector, or pretty much anything south of 30.  South Dallas, however is a neighborhood with somewhat ambiguous boundaries, but basically going from fair park to oak cliff east/west and 30 to 20 north/south.  That's probably pretty vague, and I'm sure it will get corrected numerous times, but that's how i understand it.

ruddski
ruddski

No justice, no peace?

NewsDog
NewsDog

@if6were9   Oh I can make a bullet bounce. And holstering the weapon isn't going to help either. Open carry in public isn't legal in Texas.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@gabbahey 

sounds like you are describing today's dollar, which is nothing more than a check.

SwingLow
SwingLow

@MaxNoDifference @ruddski Kenya hear me, Niger? Iran back to tell you the Turkey is next to the Greece. Turn up the heat! Aint Norway I'm letting it get Chile in here.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@CornyDoggy @holmantx

"Heaven help the Yankees if they capture you." - Rhett Butler to Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@SwingLow @MaxNoDifference @ruddski Uraguay outta line, amigo. Belize me.

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