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    Lottery hoax causes riot at Ohio coat store

    By MEGHAN BARR (AP) – 16 hours ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she'd won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.

    Angry customers threw merchandise around and looted, leaving the store looking as though a hurricane had passed through it, police said.

    Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree that began when she hired a stretch Hummer limousine to drop her off at a Burlington Coat Factory store, police Sgt. Lt. Michael Deakins said. Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person's merchandise up to $500, he said.

    "Well, of course, people like to hear that," Deakins said. "Apparently they were in line calling relatives who were not at the store and told them to come."

    People flooded the registers as cashiers began ringing up purchase after purchase, but Brown had not yet paid the bill, Deakins said. At least 500 people filled the aisles and another 1,000 were outside trying to get in, he said.

    "She was telling people she won $1.5 million," Deakins said. "But it ends up she didn't win anything. She had no money to pay for anything."

    About an hour later, Brown had the limousine driver take her to a bank to withdraw money, but she returned empty-handed, police Detective Steven Nace said. By then, store employees had called in two dozen police officers to handle the crowds.

    Shopper Candace Jordan said she told Brown she didn't need clothes, she needed help paying her rent.

    "And she said, 'How much is it?'" Jordan told WBNS-TV. "And she promptly wrote out a check."

    By the time employees realized Brown didn't have any cash to pay, police said, she already had taken off in the limo.

    That's when angry customers, realizing they weren't getting free coats, began throwing merchandise on the floor and grabbing clothes without paying for them, Nace said.

    "Everybody was like, 'I still want my free stuff,' and that started the riot," he said. "It looks like (Hurricane) Katrina went through the store."

    Police said they have no way of tracking down the customers who stole items and fled, but they're reviewing surveillance video.

    When the limousine driver realized he wasn't going to be paid the $900 Brown owed him for the day's rental, he turned her in to police, Deakins said.

    Brown, 44, was arrested on three outstanding warrants for aggravated menacing, misuse of a 911 system and causing false alarms. She was jailed late Wednesday, but no charges had been filed against her related to the coat store chaos pending a mental health evaluation.

    Police said they didn't know if Brown had a lawyer. No telephone number was listed under her name, and no one answered repeated phone calls at the Franklin County Jail.

    A spokeswoman for Burlington Coat Factory, which is based in Burlington, N.J., and has more than 300 stores across the country, said late Wednesday she couldn't comment on the incident.

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  • #2
    1.5 million is not a lot of money. Sure it could pay off your house( maybe) and pay off your car and you have a nice little something to tide you over.
    1000 people spending 500 is $500,000. So after 3000 people all the money is gone.
    If I won a boatload of cash I may dine at a mid priced restaurant and leave a $1000.00 tip.

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    • #3
      WTF? Seriously?
      NO-LIFER

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      • #4
        Why? Just.....why?
        Dispatch: "All units be advised, he's on foot in a red dodge pick up truck."
        Me: "Ummm, control..."

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        • #5
          It hasn't been confirmed she actually won, correct?

          I actually won $1,200 in the CA Lotto. I was ONE number, just ONE!!!!!! number off from getting them ALL correct. That ONE number was the difference between $1,200 and $32,000,000 It would have been around $8M after everything was said and done).
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          "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
          - Cornelius Tacitus

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          • #6
            What is disappointing the most about this is not her actions, but the mob mentality.
            People will wait in line hours for a free soda. They could be giving away adult diapers and folks would cause a frenzy.
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            "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
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            • #7
              More sad, pathetic people looking for freebies.

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              • #8
                The closest one to me is a hundred miles up in phoenix. Every time I go in that store, there is always wanna be gangsters, thugs etc. I always get funny looks by these "thugs" and I hear them talk under their breath. I am not surprised at this, not one bit.
                "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                • #9
                  Creating a risk of widespead injury......Book'r danno.
                  Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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                  • #10
                    I want my free stuff...idiots.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah I know where's my FREE PLEATHER COAT

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SCV-Sop View Post
                        What is disappointing the most about this is not her actions, but the mob mentality.
                        People will wait in line hours for a free soda. They could be giving away adult diapers and folks would cause a frenzy.
                        I dunno . . . I think the most disappointing aspect is this attention-seeking FREAK renting a limo and creating such a frenzy.

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                        • #13
                          Charges if it were my lockup - Inciting a riot, Disorderly Conduct by Creating a Hazardous situation, endangering public welfare (however many counts=however many people there) etc etc. CSrew an eval - - book her

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                          • #14
                            Burlington is great, so much cheap stuff! $500 in there would buy a new winter spring and fall wardrobe. Who the hell starts a riot over stuff at burlington!
                            "Its not what you know, its what you can prove."-Training Day

                            "Game on, bitches. Whoop whoop, flash the lights, pull it over."

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                            • #15
                              This is why I can't wait to move out of my city.
                              Sky above me, Earth below me.... FIRE inside me



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