Staples employees beaten by gang members due to red company shirts

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Back when I worked for them MANY years ago, when they first opened California stores they had their employees wear white shirts because they were afraid of gang retalliation.

Red shirts spark attacks


Two Petaluma store employees and a shopping center customer were beaten by reputed gang members, apparently for wearing red clothing, police said Tuesday.

The attacks happened near the Staples office supply store on South McDowell Boulevard, where two workers and another person were assaulted.

Two 17-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were later arrested.

It was the second attack in Petaluma over colors in two months. In April, a 12-year-old boy was hit on the head with a skateboard after he refused to take off a red shirt.

"It's the same thing we keep running into," said Sgt. Jim Stephenson, head of the Petaluma police gang unit. "Guys going after colors."

The three people assaulted at the Washington Square Shopping Center wore red. The Staples employees were dressed in red uniform polo shirts.

None of the victims was a gang member, police said.

The attacks occurred Friday.

In one instance, a Staples employee was standing outside the store when the suspects began yelling gang slogans and challenging him to fight, Petaluma Police Sgt. Dave Kahl said.

He started to walk into the store when they began hitting him with their fists. Another employee came to his aid and also was assaulted, Kahl said.

One victim was 18 and the other was 21.

A third victim, whose age was not available, flagged down an officer in the parking lot and said described the car driven by the suspects, Kahl said.

Police stopped the car nearby and witnesses identified the suspects, Kahl said.

Both were arrested and booked on suspicion of committing battery for gang purposes. The male suspect also was held on suspicion of drunken driving, Kahl said.

They were booked into Sonoma County Juvenile Hall.

Staples has 190 stores in California and workers clad in the company's polo shirts have been assaulted at other stores because the color is claimed by gangs, spokeswoman Amy Shanler said.

In some cases, Staples has changed the uniform to prevent further attacks, Shanler said.

She wouldn't say where the company had changed its uniform colors. It was unknown if Friday's beating in Petaluma will trigger a switch.

"We have changed the uniform before because of the gang situation," she said. "There hasn't been anything discussed as far as this situation."


Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling
I totally understand, those red shirts are really annoying


Another reason why one should always be armed, be it a box cutter or a 1911.

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
I totally understand, those red shirts are really annoying
If I recall correctly, I burned mine after I left the company for better things.

I almost fell over when I stopped into one of their local stores recently and saw a dude I knew from when I worked there. This is like 13-14 years later and he's still there working at the same store. I didn't work at that store, but I knew him from going there to pick up stuff, and having to go to various training sessions, meetings, etc.


En Taro Anthony
That's what ya get when you roll with tha slobs. Werd!