7-Eleven clerks take matters into their own hands

K. sent this absolutely insane video of two clerks at 7-Eleven on Broadway and Duane fending off what the Reddit poster called an “unruly customer” on Monday. See the video here. The man screams at them for a full three minutes while they slash at him with makeshift weapons — one looks like a giant dustpan. The man threatens them with the fact that he is the cousin of the prince of Saudi Arabia.

I checked with the NYPD and there is no report from that day, which means no one — not the clerks or anyone else in the store — bothered to call the police.

I have to assume they are so used to dealing with this sort of thing that they have their own methods…




  1. This block of Broadway between Thomas and Duane is so sketchy.

    • On Thomas, there are various meth heads and homeless people that sit on the steps of the AT&T building.

      The rear side of 105 Duane has a poorly-lit quasi-“courtyard” where I know for a fact a homeless guy sleeps behind one of the planters.

      Not to mention the abandoned McDonald’s.

      If you live on 1 Thomas or 8 Thomas, you definitely have to watch your back at night.

  2. When you have to defend your business and cops have their hands tied. So sad what this city has become. No one is accountable for crimes committed. Praying for better days in a city I once loved. Scary times.

    • Cops have their hands tied? By what? The police headquarters is a football field away from this 7/11 & the police budget has gotten nothing but increases recently. They aren’t even in the subways anymore because they know the public’s memory is short and we’ve all forgotten the lip service directive late last year that they’d be down there more often. When does the NYPD get a full top to bottom overhaul? Why can’t they share the responsibilty and gain even more respect by taking a good look at the job they – and no one else – have to do?

      • J Frank P in response to your comment. The cops are overwhelmed in our city right now. They make arrest and these criminals (assaults, muggings,) are back on the streets commiting the same crimes. Thats what I meant. Also, I don’t know why they didn’t call 911. Maybe because its constant. This man is clearly has mental illness. I see the cops on trains every day looking at their phones. Not kidding.

    • In my work I do see a unstable homeless, drunk, and high individuals from time to time. In my experience, when I call 911 the police show up quickly and immediately resolve the situation.

      In fact, the last time this occur I was truly concerned for my safety. I requested an officer stick around on the block to ensure the individual would not come back – and the officer was happy to assist.

      I am not sure why the 7-11 did not call the police right away, but their response time has always been very good.

  3. Love the comments here, we all now fear for our safety in what supposed to be the highest priced and most likely most heavily taxed area in NYC, yet we just had a local election and all the pro-criminal, defund the police, progressives got re-elected. maybe at some point we will all get tired of the destruction being caused by city council, DA’s, Mayor and Gov and vote for some sort of change. I miss this once great city but I fear its trajectory is a straight line down.

  4. If you’re expecting middle of the nowhere crime rates where you are safe in the middle of a cornfield, it may be time for you to move out of the city instead of being a squeaky wheel. We need more housing for the youth anyway

    • Well, crime happens in rural areas also. Per capita it may or may not be worse, depending on the area. So one may be more likely to be victim of crime in some rural areas. Gun deaths may be higher in rural areas (again, per capita).


      More to the point, regardless of the area, rural, suburban, urban, exurban, lunar, sub-lunar, etc. – Isn’t it reasonable to want to reduce, and even eliminate, crime? That seems an essential goal of society. Perhaps we can never reach zero murders (for example), but it is certainly fair to aim to reduce the body count as much as possible (similar point for other crimes).

  5. Every location 7-11 has ever occupied in Tribeca has had its share of crime over the years. Actually, every store has had to deal with crime in tribeca.
    Back in the day when you were caught stealing in one store, the other shop owners were notified and the shoplifter was banned from entering the neighboring stores. There are hundreds of empty storefronts in Tribeca today……

  6. I filmed this video. Cops came about 2 min after the guy finally left. They asked the clerks if “something happened,” and if they were ok, and they were gone.

  7. I love how when someone complains about crime getting terrible you have a quasi commenter saying move out. Ok, I should move out because people are committing crimes and NO ONE is holding them accountable. We should just let the city get worse and worse. You sir/madam are probably that person who jumps on the band wagon of protests to then go steal (smash and grab) when they rush stores. You sir/madam are probably someone who loves to break the law/violations and expect everyone to just deal. No sir/madam you go back to your neck of the woods or gutter and pull that stunt from where you came from.

  8. Come on people!! This is NYC. Sometimes it is good and sometimes not so good. We have tried locking everyone up who commits any indiscretion (let’s face it we have the highest incarceration rate in the ‘civilized world’) Did it work?. The statistics show that crime is higher in ‘red’ States than in ‘blue’ States. Are the NYPD perfect? No, of course not. It is so easy to come up with complaints but solutions are few and far between. Perhaps suggesting how the problems outlined could be solved would be helpful instead of just telling people to move. If you think voting for a different party will solve the problem then I think you are a little naïve. They never have done before so why now?

  9. Just curious how many people responding are actually born and bred New Yorkers ?

    • AnnieSprinkle, I am born and bred!!!

      • Saw your comments above. Agree most of cops are on their phones these days most don’t care want to do their 20 and collect the pension. Need stop and frisk and take restraints off the cops to do what they need to do and bust heads when needed but first they have to entice people who really want to be cops and do policing to join. And when arrested let them rot in Rikers. But with clown mayor, the CCCP running city council, and Hopeless Hochul there are dark days ahead.

        • AnnieSprinkle , I totally agree. I mean they want to keep the ” blue” state. Ok, but their happy about the criminals that keep commiting same crimes with no jail time. No accountability for anything.
          Wait until we start losing all our services let’s see if they are still happy with the people in office who are destroying our city. We going to be San Fran soon. Very very sad.