Soda squabble ends in stabbing

Clerk allegedly knifes customer over drink dispenser dispute
By: Don Chaddock, Gold Country News Service
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A disagreement between the clerk of a Folsom convenience store and a customer ended up with one cooling her heels in the county clink and the other in the hospital.

The altercation came to an abrupt end when the clerk, 23-year-old Samirrah Walton, allegedly stabbed the customer Tuesday night over an argument about the soda fountain.

It all started around 7 p.m. when a customer at the Circle K store at 95 Natoma St., about two blocks from the Folsom Police Department, called police to report she had been stabbed.

The victim said after she had complained about the fountain soda machine running out of syrup, the clerk refused her service, which led to a physical altercation, according to Officer Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Department.

Walton allegedly ended the altercation when she used a 3-inch locked-blade knife to stab the victim in her right side, according to Browning.

“The clerk, it is my understanding, admitted bringing a knife to the altercation,” Browning said.

He said it is one thing to get into a scrap with bare hands, but once a weapon is used, everything changes.

“Anytime you have a mutual combat situation and to inject a lethal weapon, such as a knife, you now escalate (the fight),” Browning said.

Browning said the officers at the scene were not convinced the clerk was defending herself when she pulled a knife on the customer.

“The officers determined it was inappropriate the victim had been stabbed and it violated the assault with a deadly weapon law and (Walton) was arrested,” Browning said.

The victim’s injuries are not life threatening, according to Browning.

Walton, a Folsom resident and 2003 graduate of Folsom High School, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

"It’s just unfortunate that a merchant and a customer disagreed and that it came to that, that cooler heads didn’t prevail,” Browning said. "It shouldn’t be a reflection on the company itself. Sometimes you have to learn to walk away from an argument or confrontation because you just don’t know what the other person is capable of."

Browning said the clerk should have called police for help before the altercation escalated.

“She came out from behind the counter,” Browning said. “She left her safe zone.”

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