Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Waldo rapist hurting black businessman (updated)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM

click to enlarge This police sketch has hurt one man's business in Waldo.
  • This police sketch has hurt one man's business in Waldo.

Update: Fox 4 interviewed a man who claims that refusing to give a DNA sample to police may have cost him his job at a Verizon store.

Reggie Smith told Fox 4's Tess Koppelman that a customer thought he looked like the sketch of the Waldo rapist. Smith said he agreed to talk with police but wouldn't give a DNA sample. Why?

"I'm a little leery of giving my DNA for something I haven't done and putting it in the system for them to use whenever they want to use it," Smith said.

Smith claimed Verizon (and the company he's working for, Flextronics) put him on paid leave for a week, but have since placed him on indefinite unpaid administrative leave.



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Laz Abalos of Heycameraman!!! has an  interesting post today about how the fear and hysteria over the Waldo rapist has hurt hard working people just trying to make a living, like the guy who cleans his lawn.

Abalos introduced us to Glen,

who happens to be black, and has done yard work for Abalos for about

seven years. But with the Waldo rapist still on the loose, Glen has

seen regular customers stop answering their doors -- especially after

police released a description of the rapist -- and has also been

stopped about a dozen times by the cops in the past two months.

It's a sad story -- and one worth a read.

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