On January 3rd, a man in Philadelphia casually walked into a Rite Aid pharmacy. He roamed the aisles before approaching the cashier and demanding cash. He slipped the cashier a note that read, “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.” Fearing for her safety, the cashier complied with the request and the suspect fled with the cash.
Desperate people will do desperate things, but having a sick child doesn’t make it right to commit a robbery. Police are pleading for the man to turn himself in and have said that they will assist him with his sick child.
If the authorities find that the perpetrator really does have a sick child, how should a judge handle this case? Is there any way to be lenient with the man or would that simply set a bad precedent? And what do his actions potentially say about our healthcare system?
Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly robbed a drugstore in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane neighborhood for cash to help his sick child. https://t.co/xuK9PnI0Tl