Customer complains about faulty ATM, gets hit with potted plant

SEATTLE -- Helping a customer with a faulty ATM was above a convenience store clerk's pay grade; hitting the complaining customer with a potted plant apparently was not, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim came into the store in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue East around 12:19 a.m. Monday to check his balance on the ATM inside.

During the transaction, the ATM froze up, and the victim became worried his information would be compromised once the ATM unfroze.

According to the report, the victim asked the store clerk to help him with the ATM, but the clerk refused, saying it was above his pay grade and telling the victim to leave the machine alone.

Taking matters into his own hands, the victim pulled out an electrical plug behind the ATM, hoping it would turn the machine off, according to the report. It didn't, as the cord likely belonged to the neighboring soda machine.

As the victim was leaving, the clerk picked up a potted plastic plant and threw it at him, hitting the victim in the legs, according to the report.

The clerk reportedly told officers he threw the plant because the victim yelled at him. He also said there was nothing he could have done about the ATM anyway.

According to the report, surveillance footage and a witness in the store confirmed the what happened.

For some unexplained reason, the ATM was unplugged while officers were investigating the incident, relieving the victim of his concerns over his information.

The victim told officers he wanted to assist in prosecuting the clerk, and the incident was referred to the City Attorney's Office.