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Man accused of stabbing Raleigh store clerk over Cheetos

Posted January 26, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015

Thomas Earl Mercer
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— A man faces charges after he allegedly stabbed a Raleigh convenience store clerk over a bag of Cheetos.

A magistrate's order alleges that Thomas Earl Mercer, 33, of 4137 Sunset Ave., Raleigh, took the jalapeƱo-flavored snacks, which cost $1.49, and stabbed the woman with a black folding knife when, according to police, she confronted him.

It happened around 3 a.m. Sunday at the Hannah Stop 'N' Shop, at 219 S. Wilmington St.

Mercer was arrested in Moore Square a short time later on felony charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The 22-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of an injury that was not life-threatening.

Mercer was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.


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  • venomous Jan 28, 2015

    The clerk should had used a gun.The Cheetos would still be there and she wouldn't been stab.Can't say same for him.

  • venomous Jan 28, 2015

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    lol what? misunderstanding? He stab her over a bag of Cheetos.What if you knew that person that got stab? Oh probably still a misunderstanding huh?

  • Naysayer Jan 27, 2015

    I could see if he were trying to get his Obama Phone, but Cheetos??

  • Alexia Proper Jan 27, 2015
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    I hope you're joking. That wage would be a disaster for many small business owners. Labor is already one of the most expensive costs on a business. Not only is there the $7 salary, but another 10-13% in associated taxes and fees. Moving to $15 means the 70 cents in tax (or so) also becomes $1.50 every hour. So in total, a business owner will be paying $16.50 to $17 per hour for a minimum wage employee. And that's only if they are exempt from providing health insurance.

    Most businesses do not have high profit margins. The only way any business can recover the cost of salaries is to increase prices. So, all prices go up. Rent goes up. We see a spike in inflation and everyone is back where they started with everything costing more.

    In short, raising the minimum wage does not help. It should increase to match inflation, but that's it. Want a living wage? Get an education.

  • allenmga Jan 27, 2015

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    Hardly. I think it's reasonable to assume that you're not going to get stabbed for shouting at someone who is stealing merchandise, don't you? So it's now the store clerk's fault for getting stabbed because she confronted a crook? Your entire existence is a joke.

  • Pensive01 Jan 27, 2015

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    I'm pretty sure that the whole raise wages thing was about the clerk who got stabbed, not the person who is currently facing charges for said stabbing.

  • T-ONE Jan 27, 2015

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    seems to be a lot of "entitled ones"

  • foodstamptrader Jan 27, 2015

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    would not have helped here. This man chooses not to work at any wage rate. Labor is "beneath" these types..

  • foodstamptrader Jan 27, 2015

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    See Michael Brown store video et al...

  • AskWhy Jan 27, 2015

    there is no Sunset Ave in Raleigh