In California, United States, a masked man entered a 7-Eleven store, grabbed a trash can, and started taking tobacco products off the shelves in an attempted robbery. An employee tackled the man to the ground while another employee grabbed a wooden pole and repeatedly struck the suspected thief nearly two dozen times.
A video of the incident exists and has gone viral online, garnering millions of views, but it is age-restricted. Those interested in seeing the video can find it here.
The employees were initially seen as courageous for protecting their store against the robbery. However, it can be argued that the repeated beating they inflicted on the shoplifter was excessive but as the saying goes, it is better to beat the threat decisively in self-defense and deal with legal repercussions later, rather than end up dead.