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7-Eleven clerk files suit over his lost job

August 16, 2000

7-Eleven clerk files suit over his lost job



Staff and wire services


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney for a clerk who was fired after foiling an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven said Wednesday the world believes his client is a hero, even if the company does not.

Paul Taylor of Martinsburg represents Antonio Feliciano in a lawsuit filed this week seeking $105,000.

Lloyd Scott, loss prevention manager at 7-Eleven's Chesapeake division, said Feliciano was fired for violating store policy and was "overly aggressive."

"He endangered other people's lives by his actions," he said. "It's not heroic. Actually, it's foolhardy."

"What you call the guy depends on your perspective," Taylor said. "The vast, vast majority of opinion in the state, the country and even internationally is that he is a hero," Taylor said. "When he felt his life was threatened, he acted on instinct to save his life."

Feliciano said he complied with store policy, but after he gave up the money, his life was still being threatened.

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Feliciano's story circulated worldwide after it was picked up by news wire services.

Feliciano, who is without a job, filed the lawsuit in Berkeley County Circuit Court. He seeks $100,000 in punitive damages for "severe emotional distress" and $5,000 for physical injuries.

Feliciano says the woman accused of holding up the store bit him after he grabbed her sawed-off rifle and wrestled her to the ground.

Glenda Renee Hull, 35, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with armed robbery and brandishing a firearm. She has yet to appear in court and remains in Eastern Regional Jail, unable to post bail of $51,087.

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