LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) -- The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a man who was caught on surveillance video attacking another customer at a liquor store in Lakeland.
The alleged attack happened at the Publix Liquor store on Highway 540A East around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to deputies, the attack stemmed from the suspect getting upset that the victim didn’t thank him for holding the door open. The victim, who is seen in video released by the sheriff’s office wearing a tan-colored hat, told deputies he walked into the liquor store while the suspect held the door open.
The suspect then reportedly asked, “You don’t say ‘Thank you’ to people who hold the door open for you?” The victim said he responded, saying “thank you.”
The surveillance video shows the suspect repeatedly hit the victim, knocking the man’s hat off.
“We have a battery complaint we need to file against him and we don’t want him to miss out on that,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Here’s our promise: We’ll open the door for you at the county jail and say thank you if you open the door first.”