Posted by: birdsongslaw | June 25, 2009

Weird Criminal Law Stories 70

FROM HERO TO ZERO IN JUST THREE DAYS!

Date Line: June 3, 2009

Shirley, NY: A masked robber waving a baseball bat entered the Long Island convenience store of Mohammad Sohail and demanded money stating, “Give me your money, give me your money.”  Instead of giving the thief money Sohail told the man the money was behind the counter.  Once behind the counter Sohail pulled out his 9 mm rifle and demanded that the thief drop his bat and kneel on the ground.  Not knowing the rifle was unloaded the thief fell to his knees and began sobbing crying out:  “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.  I  have no job.  I have no food.  My family is hungry.”  Feeling sorry for the man Sohail, a 47- year old immigrant from Pakistan asked the thief to promise he would never rob anyone again.  Sohail then went to the cash register and gave the man $40 and a loaf of bread.  He then went to get him a carton of milk.  By the time he returned the thief had left the store.  He took his baseball bat with him.

Date Line: June 4, 2009

Shirley, NY: Yes, kindness brings further kindness.   Upon hearing of  the Long Island convenience store owner who gave a would be robber $40 and a loaf of bread, dozens of well wishers called and visited Mohammad at his Shirley store.  One caller told Sohail he was sending him a check for the $40 he had given to the robber.  The day before Mohammad, faced with threats of a bat wielding robber, disarmed the man with his 9 mm rifle which he kept in the store.  The rifle was not loaded.  When the robber pleaded he had no money and could not feed his family Sohail gave the man $40 and a loaf of bread.  The story has spread across the world at the speed of the Internet.

Date Line June 5, 2009

Shirley, NY: The convenience owner who became an overnight, worldwide sensation for giving a would be robber money and a loaf of bread has been busted for selling bongs and other smoking paraphernalia.  Mohammad Sohail of Shirley, Long Island was one of seven merchants in Brookhaven and Huntington towns served with summonses for stoking bongs, hookahs and small pipes.  The sale of the items are legal, but not if the purchaser declares an intent to use them for illegal drugs.  Undercover police said they went into the seven shops and asked if they had pipes with which to smoke marijuana, making the owners liable. ” I was a hero.  Now they want to make me a zero,” said Sohail, who disarmed a would be thief and gave him $40 and a loaf of bread.  Sohail, who now faces up to $30,00 in fines said he had no idea the smoking devices were illegal.

Yep, no good deed goes unpunished!

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  1. You never know Mr Mohammad Sohail might receive the (I’m assuming your comma was accurate but there’s a 0 missing) $30,000 from a Howard Marks style person which would make a fitting end to the story…


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