Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Woman Shot, Robbed Outside Old Times Buffet
A 64-year-old employee of the Old Times Buffet was reportedly “robbed and shot…as she walked to her car” outside the restaurant in Macon Sunday, December 27, 2015.
According to Athens Banner-Herald, the victim was assaulted by two men outside the Old Times Buffet. The assailants apparently stole the victims apron, containing money and personal items, before shooting her in the abdomen.
Police are still searching for suspects.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant patrons and employees have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm questions whether this shooting may have been prevented and the level of security provided to patrons of the parking lot where this incident took place.
- What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons and employees at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence in the area and, if so, were any additional security measures implemented by the restaurant owner to deter future crime?
By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on property and to provide a safe work environment to employees. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the restaurant owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her injuries.
Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling workers’ compensation and negligent security cases in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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