DANIA BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – A dispute over a payment method took a dangerous turn for a 7-Eleven employee in Dania Beach who said an angry customer rammed her with her car.
Speaking to 7News on Wednesday, Laquisa said she took several pictures of a customer who was unhappy about not being attended to.
“I told her, ‘You know what?’ “Just take your money and go somewhere else.” That’s not what she wanted to hear,” she said. “I had a store full of people, such a long line, I had to hold my line and everything for $13.”
The employee, who did not want to show her face on camera and only asked to be referred to by her first name, said the incident happened at the 7-Eleven on Stirling Road in late October.
“If someone refuses your service, you cannot get angry. “Just take it somewhere else,” Laquisa said, “so now you have to face a lot more and pay a lot more than $13 for something you could have gotten away with so easily.”
Laquisa said it started when the customer, later identified as Shekinah Maraj-Pierre, wanted to use two different payments to pay for gas.
“I said, ‘Okay, well, you have to pay either cash or card first, pump the gas and then come back.’ [inside]“Because we don’t make partial payments,” she said. “[The customer said]’Oh. You do mine [expletive] Head hurts, oh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh.’ I said, “You know what? You can just take your $13 and go to another gas station because I don’t use your service. So I said, ‘Next’.”
According to Laquisa, the customer then became angry and took down a display filled with snacks.
But outside the store, the situation became even more violent when, Laquisa said, she went to take a photo of the customer’s make of car.
“I think she will go. Oh no. That wasn’t what she had in mind,” she said.
The employee gave 7News a surveillance video recording of what happened that afternoon.
“She turned her wheels toward me and brushed me aside with the front of the car on my knees,” she said. “She drove up, stopped, put the car in reverse, turned the steering wheel and hit me.”
Maraj-Pierre was arrested and appeared in bail court on Wednesday.
“I have found probable cause for this charge,” Broward Circuit Judge Chris Brown said.
Maraj-Pierre’s husband pleaded with the judge to reduce her bail.
“My wife is a full-time student. She is currently working on her master’s degree. She’s graduating next month,” he said. “She’s never been in trouble in her life, sir, so this is all a misunderstanding.”
However, Broward County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Linder argued that this was not a misunderstanding, especially when the driver puts the car in reverse.
“Continuing to drive while someone is on your hood after you intentionally hit them, so fast that they fall 10 feet from your car, is an act of violence. This is a cause for concern,” he said.
Maraj-Pierre’s bail was reduced and she was released from jail on Wednesday evening. She declined to comment.
Laquisa said her knees hurt and she hasn’t been the same since the incident.
“It hurts so much. They don’t understand the pain I’m going through,” she said.
Maraj-Pierre had no prior criminal record but is currently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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