Charlotte, NC – A woman died as a result of being swept up in a flash flood in the middle of a police chase. Amid heavy downpours, two women suspected of shoplifting at Burlington Coat Factory ran into a swollen, fast-moving stream. One woman, Gracie Nell Johnson, 45 drowned and the other, her daughter is suspected dead.
Gracie and two other unidentified women were shoplifting at Burlington Coat Factory in North Carolina. Police were called and one woman was arrested while they other two ran.
A store employee called the police to report shoplifting. One of the trio was taken into custody, while Johnson and her daughter ran. A store employee chased them as they tried to jump over a creek. All three plunged into a creek near the shopping center. The employee made it out, but Johnson and her daughter were swept away.
Johnson’s body was found after a search:
“It’s tragic when you go to many, many calls and save many, many lives that you have a call where you can’t save a person’s life,” Officer Brisley said.
Often when I read stories like this I think to myself.. “I bet they didn’t think they would die today.” You never know when you will be called home..This is sad. The store employee is lucky they didn’t drown too in the middle of trying to be a un-needed hero. No way in hell you would catch me chasing shoplifters on a minimum wage salary. If I say hey stop stealing, put that back and you run. I’ll just say “Have a Nice Day”.
Why Do People at Minimum Wage jobs have the need to be hero’s? Is that million dollar corporation really worth your life? They might lay you off or fire you next month… SMH