Officer Scott, one David Stewart, was acquitted on insufficient evidence; the manager’s fiancé, Walter Nix, was sentenced to five years in prison. The store manager was not charged in that she was able stop things and call the police, if too late.
This would be unbelievable except that the restaurant chain settled with their employee for over a million dollars, even though they had issued a scam warning to all stores before the event.
Moreover the scam supports Milgram’s study of obedience in the behaviors of the store manager and her fiance, Walter Nix, in that they both went along with instructions that ended in a crime. The young victim could hardly be blamed in fact, but she too may have been victimized by her own tendency to be overly obedient. Beyond all that this episode is a real-life example of just what can happen in response to artificial authority, as vividly shown by Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment.
References for above restaurant crime.
Bloomberg Businessweek Aug 27 – Sept 2 2012, p 74-75.
Milgram Book Review: http://www.roadtopeace.org/index.php?itemid=745#go-content
What Milgram found: http://www.roadtopeace.org/index.php?itemid=836#go-content
Zimbardo's Stanford Experiment: http://www.roadtopeace.org/index.php?itemid=799#go-content
Zimbardo's website: http://www.prisonexp.org/
For how this fits in the broad picture of violence, see http://www.roadtopeace.org/index.php?itemid=856#go-content
In fact, it also fits what happened at Abu Ghraib http://www.roadtopeace.org/index.php?itemid=955#go-content
Posted by RoadToPeace on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.