Just before Christmas in 2019, a regular customer at a discount grocery store in Western North Carolina tried to stop a shoplifter who made off with an armful of meat.
It cost him part of his leg.
Now William Modlin, who was 61 when he got run over in the parking lot of a Go Grocery Outlet in Asheville, wants $850,000 from the store chain he says is responsible.
In a lawsuit moved to federal court on Friday from Buncombe County Superior Court, an attorney for Modlin said United Grocery Outlet — which operates a chain of discount stores known as Go Grocery Outlet in six states across the Southeast — failed to adequately deescalate the situation after Modlin confronted the shoplifter in the parking lot.
Modlin “suffered an irreparable de-gloving injury to the bottom of his right foot, thereby necessitating an amputation of his right leg just below the knee,” the complaint says.