Authorities identify Walmart employee in phone slapping incident

Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 11:35 AM CST
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UPDATE: Police have identified the Crookston Walmart employee who allegedly slapped a phone out of a customer's hand as 53-year-old Patricia Mendarno of Grand Forks.

The customer, 25-year-old Joshua Baatz says he has been banned from that Walmart for one year.

The investigation into exactly what happened is still underway, when finished it will be forwarded to the State's Attorney for possible charges.

ORIGINAL: A customer at a Minnesota Walmart shot video of an employee slapping his cell phone to the ground as he's recording her.

The incident happened at the Walmart Supercenter in Crookston, Minnesota on Sunday at around 6:20 p.m., according to Joshua Baatz.

Baatz told us he was accused of stealing as he was leaving the store. He claimed the Walmart employee went through his bag without his permission.

He said the employee called him an idiot and slapped his phone, which was all caught on video.

The Crookston Police Department told us officers are investigating the incident, yet refused to release any information on what led up to it.

An employee at the Crookston Walmart store told us they have no comment on the video.

Walmart’s office of corporate communications also didn’t immediately respond to our request for comment.

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