This Cop Left His Gun in the Potty and Forgot About It
Russ Chastain 10.12.14
Memphis, TN – Off-duty officer Lester Hobbs left his handgun on a bathroom towel rack after using the facilities while at his second job at Dillard’s department store in Oak Court Mall. When he realized he didn’t have his gun, he returned to the bathroom, but surprise–it was gone.
Even though the officer displayed negligence–and to my mind this is more of a “finders keepers” situation–Memphis police are calling the gun “stolen.” They tried to keep the details quiet, and at least one initial news report was made before word of Hobbs’s slip-up was flushed out.
So far, we’ve seen no word on whether Hobbs will face any penalties for his negligence. Video security was not functioning in that part of the store, so there are no leads as to who may have plucked the gun from its perch on the towel rack.
Some mall patrons interviewed by WREG expressed concern about the gun being out of police hands. Personally, I don’t feel better about guns in the hands of law enforcement officers, especially those of an officer who loses his gun and then calls it “stolen.”
WREG reported that this marks the fifth firearm they know of that has gone missing from Memphis police this year.
What do you think? If you leave money or something valuable lying in a public restroom and someone comes along and takes it, is that theft or simply “finders keepers?” And is your answer different when the item of value is a firearm?