For one 75-year-old Georgia great-grandmother, a trip to the Walmart bread aisle turned into a physical nightmare. That’s where she was assaulted by another Walmart shopper.
The elderly woman, who chose to remain anonymous, told WSB that she was punched in the face repeatedly. She says the incident occurred while she was shopping for food in an Atlanta-area Walmart Sunday morning.
“I thought I was safe. I’m in Walmart.”
She had been using a mobility scooter to maneuver her way around the story. When she tried to get around another woman on the bread aisle, they almost collided. The woman, Alexis Venderburg, allegedly starting spewing out expletives and became irate.
NY Daily News reports:
“I thought she was going to go around,” the great-grandmother told 11 Alive. “She looked at me and she said, ‘I want to get some bread, white [expletive].’ I said, ‘Well excuse me.'”
The woman responded to Venderburg, “No, you move out the way” and also used another expletive, according to the station.
Venderburg started following her. “There wasn’t anybody in the aisle, and the next thing you know she was jumping on me,” the victim told 11 Alive.
“She kept socking me in my glasses, and then hitting me in my mouth,” the victim continued. “I started hollering, ‘Help, help.'”
The woman, seen with a heavily-bruised face and arms during TV interviews, was stunned that no one at the Walmart came to her assistance.
Venderburg fled, but returned to the Walmart when she realized she did not have her phone — it ended up in the victim’s possession during the attack. She could not get her phone back, and fled Walmart once again, according to reports.
The suspect was identified as Venderburg after cops inspected her phone, and she is being sought by police.
In a statement to 11 Alive, Walmart said it was “disappointed a customer would treat another customer with such disrespect. We’ll work with law enforcement as they search for the person responsible and want to wish the victim a speedy recovery.”