I got attacked in store. We had a verbal argument with other customer in store, then she pushed me, I fell to the floor, got several bruises. When I got up I wanted to follow her but several store associates hold me so I am not able to fight back or take a video of her and her car. We (and other people) called the police. While all this mess happened, attacker ran out of the store and drove away. When police arrived turned out they dont have camera on that spot she pushed me away. They got her video and photo in other cameras when she walking away from store but they dont catch her plate number (at least they are saying that) . I asked store director to show me video of her and her car. But they refused. Police talked to store associates and witnesses but looks like they cannot track her without plate number. I got feeling they just don't care and maybe will close case soon. But I care. I got humiliated and attacked! When I got home stressed out I called the store but they don't even wanted to talk to me (they are saying we already talked to police)! Can I legally make the store to give me video/photo of her and her car (at least I would have car model and color) ?
"The general common-law rule is a person owes no duty to protect another from the criminal acts of third persons. The common law recognizes an exception to the general rule, however: there is a duty to protect another from the criminal acts of third persons when a special relationship is present. A special relationship exists between a business and its invitees so that the business has a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to its invitees from the acts of third parties on the premises, if such acts involve imminent criminal conduct or reasonably foreseeable criminal behavior. "
Nivens v. 7-11 Hoagy's Corner, 133 Wn.2d 192, 943 P.2d 286 (1997).
Washington State's Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs) encourage lawyers to provide free service to those who cannot afford to pay. RPC 1.6. I was walking along the street one day in Seattle and there was a vagrant begging. I reached into my pocket and there was one coin, which I gave to the vagabond. The coin was a penny. The bum got mad and started yelling, "A penny?!? What am I supposed to do with a penny???" There is no point to that story, but oh well. God bless you anyway.
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