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Sun May 6, 2018, 08:36 AM

Video shows off-duty officer pulling gun on man mistakenly suspected of stealing Mentos

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/04/video-shows-off-duty-officer-pulling-gun-on-man-mistakenly-suspected-of-stealing-mentos/

One minute, Jose Arreola was buying a pack of Mentos at an Orange County service station.

The next minute, he was at the business end of a gun drawn by an off-duty Buena Park police officer who thought Arreola had stolen the $1.19 roll of mints.



The 49-year-old printer from Bellflower says he was both scared and angry that the officer had pulled a gun March 16 on someone he wrongly suspected of stealing candy.

Its been a month and I still cant shake it, Arreola said. It was traumatic, the whole incident. (And) I grew up in Santa Ana. Ive been shot at before.

Buena Park Sgt. Mike Lovchik declined to comment on the incident, saying an internal investigation is underway.


Candy can kill you. Yes DUers, minorities can be racist to each other.

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Reply Video shows off-duty officer pulling gun on man mistakenly suspected of stealing Mentos (Original post)
IronLionZion May 2018 OP
True Dough May 2018 #1
DemocracyMouse May 2018 #11
Ferrets are Cool May 2018 #2
Akacia May 2018 #3
Demovictory9 May 2018 #22
paleotn May 2018 #4
PatSeg May 2018 #5
Demovictory9 May 2018 #18
ejbr May 2018 #6
dalton99a May 2018 #7
Moostache May 2018 #8
Brother Buzz May 2018 #9
sinkingfeeling May 2018 #10
Demovictory9 May 2018 #21
rock May 2018 #12
ooky May 2018 #13
FailureToCommunicate May 2018 #14
IronLionZion May 2018 #16
Demovictory9 May 2018 #19
Demovictory9 May 2018 #23
MrScorpio May 2018 #27
JI7 May 2018 #28
UCmeNdc May 2018 #15
Bucky May 2018 #33
Demovictory9 May 2018 #17
Demovictory9 May 2018 #20
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2018 #24
JI7 May 2018 #29
Bucky May 2018 #32
Dave Starsky May 2018 #25
rockfordfile May 2018 #26
JI7 May 2018 #30
Bucky May 2018 #31

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:44 AM

1. De Mentos!

Demented behavior!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:50 AM

11. I was held up at gunpoint in Brooklyn once...

and yet I felt safer than I did when I was arrested by a Manhattan cop (for putting up a poster about democracy), or invaded by 3 cops in Boston when my performance party ruffled the feathers of a neighbor, or when 7 cops surrounded me after I peeled a "Bush for President" sticker off a car... If I were African American I may not be alive today. (And not due to the holdup).

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:36 AM

2. This chit has gotten so out of control. nt

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:51 AM

3. Whoah!

That cop has a major issue and needs to be gone!

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Response to Akacia (Reply #3)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:49 PM

22. "Get your change and go" - so the cop knew he paid for SOMETHING

what other item, but the mentos, did he see in the customer's hands

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:56 AM

4. Cops....

at least where I'm familiar with, many are bullies, power junkies, former jocks and other ne're-do-wells, who aren't successful doing anything else. The pay is beyond crap. The hours are horrible. Working conditions stink. But hey! You get to point a gun at people and occasionally shoot them.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:00 AM

5. If this is the way

the cop acts off duty, just imagine what he is like when he is on duty. For some police, everyone is a criminal.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #5)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:38 PM

18. agreed

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:13 AM

6. That's how it's done

Make an ass of yourself first, ask questions later

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:21 AM

7. Sue - and don't settle for $1 either.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:31 AM

8. The thin blue line MUST be ended...

Good officers OWE the public the dignity of the profession by running these power junkies out of the force at all levels. That shit head should NEVER again be on duty as anything but a weekend night security guard who gets to carry keys and a swipe card but no weapons...

Officers of integrity, stand up and denounce this kind of barbarism.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:37 AM

9. I'm surprised he wasn't frisked, too

There could have been a quart of soda shoved down his pants.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:44 AM

10. Hope Jose has a lawsuit filed.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #10)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:47 PM

21. he has lawyer and is asking for monetary compensation

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:56 AM

12. What an ass-hole, shit-pile, turd-fest

His mama must be very proud.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:58 AM

13. And this head case is still employed as a police offcer?

You don't pull guns over candy. He needs to lose his job and his guns, he's dangerous.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 11:01 AM

14. WTF. Storekeeper says nothing?? Let's the racist cop force the guy to return his purchase?

PLUS, off duty cop has his gun just loose in his jacket pocket which he struggles several moments to remove ?!?

Glad it turned out sorta okay for Mr Arreola.

Thank goodness for security cams.


(Also, not sure what you mean by your odd comment that DUers might not know minorities can be racist?)

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #14)

Sun May 6, 2018, 03:40 PM

16. I'm a minority

and many white liberals won't know this but I get way more racism from other minorities than whites. It's insane.

I'm American and most sensible Americans understand that, but immigrants always tell me I'm an immigrant who has gotten too uppity and forgot my place in society.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #14)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:39 PM

19. i noticed that also. store keeper said nothing while client was at business end of gun

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #14)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:55 PM

23. and the cop chambers a round, gets it ready for live action! OMG

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #14)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:56 PM

27. Cops come in only one color, blue...

They all serve an organ of American systematic racism, regardless of whether they're white or not.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #14)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:29 AM

28. that made me angry also. the fucking asshole cop and the clerk not saying anything

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 11:17 AM

15. This whole scene is strange.

Why didn't the clerk just say to the cop the man paid for it. Maybe, the clerk was a little afraid of the gun too?
Plus what is up with the other customer leaning on the counter while Jose was paying? It looked like he was trying to do something. Strange scene.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Reply #15)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:40 AM

33. Yes, clerks should be trained to remain cool and reasonable

When angry impulsive people are waving guns around inside their stores

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:37 PM

17. wow. so arrogant. "take your money and go". wow.

"said the Buena Park officer was way out of policy, even for Orange County."

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:45 PM

20. the cop is getting a online beating in WP comments

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/05/06/an-off-duty-police-officer-thought-a-man-stole-mentos-so-he-drew-his-gun/?utm_term=.683e2cd7dbc3

When someone right in front of you at the register is getting handed change by the clerk at the register it's a pretty safe bet he just bought what he took off the counter RIGHT IN FRONT of the same clerk. Not to mention if that someone was stealing you the cop don't order him to take his change for his purchase and leave without his purchase and it doesn't take asking the clerk twice if the someone bought what he just got change for the purchase of.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:09 PM

24. Yeehaw

Sorry your dick is so small Officer Arreola.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #24)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:32 AM

29. Arreola is the Customer's name. not the officer

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Response to JI7 (Reply #29)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:38 AM

32. Thank you! People with small dicks do not buy Mentos

According to the commercials, it's solely purchased by lovable social upstarts

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:02 PM

25. That almost sounds like something from a Mentos ad.

Remember those Mentos ads from the '80s and '90s where there would be some goofy misunderstanding or problem, then someone would pop a Mento, and at the end everyone had it all worked out and were laughing about it?

Then some dude with a thick European accent would say,
"Mentos: The Fresh Maker!"

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:07 PM

26. He should be fired. Certainly not Policeman.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:33 AM

30. he needs to be fired

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:36 AM

31. This is the exact opposite of the reaction Mentos commercials promised from the cops

Mentos are supposed to win you the grudging admiration of law enforcement officials, smiling while they tsk-tsk your audacious antics as you win over some Euro-chic girl's attention or slip past a rope line to get into some celebrity soiree.

I suppose this poor man will end up suing that cop for the unjustified treatment. But isn't really Mentos to blame for all this?

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