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Man smashes convenience store employee’s car because he refused to give him free case of beer

By Mason White 1:05 PM September 27, 2015
Austin Bailey 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly threatening a convenience store employee with a sledgehammer and smashing his car because he refused to give him a free case of beer, police in Florida said.

Riviera Beach police said that they have arrested 57-year-old Austin Bailey, after demanding a free case of beer from the store employee because he had done work in the shop and was not paid.

Bailey was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. The incident unfolded at the convenience store located in the 100 block of West 19th Street.

According to the police investigation, Bailey threatened the store clerk with a sledgehammer and then damaged his car after being told he had to pay for the case of beer.

Bailey said that he was owed for work done around the store, including scrubbing the floors. Bailey left the store after the discussion and returned with the sledgehammer.

He threatened the clerk and demanded money. He then went out and smashed the car before leaving the property. Bailey was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and his bail was set at $16,000.