'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

November 10, 2011 -

The 31-year old Aurora, Colorado man arrested and charged for disorderly conduct earlier this week after allegedly threatening to shoot Best Buy employees and blow the place up over Modern Warfare 3 purchase problems says that he is shocked at how much attention his story has gotten on the internet and that the words he used were just a figure of speech.

Lomon Sar said that he was upset because Best Buy screwed up his order for the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - a purchase he made earlier in the day on his cellphone in his car. The trouble began when he didn't write down his “invoice number" for his early purchase because he was "driving." When he finally made it to the store, the manager informed him that he couldn't buy the game because he wasn't in the computer system as having reserved a copy of the game. It was at this moment that Sar got irate.

"I put my hands up to my head and I'm like, 'God, now I'm mad.' I said, 'I am so pissed right now I can blow this place up,'" Sar tells Channel 9 News.

Of course, store employees saw his threats as real and called Aurora Police.

"Investigating officers issued a criminal summons to a man who threatened to carry out his own version of modern warfare at the electronics store. Fortunately, this situation did not end in violence," Aurora Police Det. Bob Friel told Channel 9.

Sar told that local news station that his choices of words were poor ones and he didn't mean the things that he said to be taken "literally."

"I wasn't gonna blow it up or anything like that, no," Sar said. "It's just something you say when you get mad, you know what I mean? But they're like empty threats. You can't get in trouble for just saying you're gonna bomb a building."

Sar admits he made the bomb comment, but denies that he threatened to shoot anyone at Best Buy.

"I didn't say I was going to shoot them," Sar said. "The only guns I own are virtual. Virtual guns on Call of Duty."

Sar also said he was pretty surprised to see all the news stories on the Internet about him. He was upset that many of the headlines called him a "nutcase" or pegged him as the guy who threatened to "blow up Best Buy."

"I'm sorry about what I said, but, you know, it has to be mutual," Sar said. "[The manager] needs to apologize for screwing me around."

Sar later bought a copy of "Call of Duty" at a nearby Walmart. He says that he was most upset that Best Buy "wasted" time he could have spent playing the video game.

"It's like me wasting my time over there when I could have just been at home already playing. I wanted to be playing. That's what I wanted to do. Playing and ranking up," Sar said.

Best Buy spokesperson Sarah Hoffman issued a brief statement:

"We're cooperating with the authorities and unfortunately we cannot comment any further on the investigation," Hoffman said.

Source: KUSA-TV


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Re: 'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

"You can't get in trouble for just saying you're gonna bomb a building."

I can't believe that he actually said that.  It's not only a felony, it's a federal offense to threaten to bomb or "blow up" a building.

Welcome to the federal terrorist watchlist.  I hope he doesn't plan on flying anywhere anytime soon.

 


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Re: 'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

Especially after learning the hard way that you CAN in fact get in trouble just for saying you're going to bomb a building.

Re: 'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

Fuck this guy.  I don't care about his intent to blow up anything or if its fair to treat him as such. This is a supposedly grown man behaving in a manner that would be embarrassing to a goddamn 10-year old.  It is because of people like him that the media, politicians, and pundits look down on and vilify "gamers".  Hell, this guy also is the freaking poster-boy for the sorry state that American men are coming to: immature, irresponsible children who refuse to grow up.  Good going there.

Poor, poor man-child threw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his new videogame RIGHT NOW.

Re: 'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

Quite agree, but at the same time just because he's a dillhole doesn't mean he's a criminal.  Not every time anyone says 'Im gonna kill you' is it ACTUALLY a threat.  In fact, ACTUAL threats of that sort, in my experience, are in the VAST minority, almost EVERY time something like that is said, it's a meaningless venting of anger.  People who don't see that are just as stupid as Peter Pan there.

Re: 'Blow Up Best Buy' Man Responds to Media Attention

This a hundred times this.

 

Granted it also seems to be a poor choice of words.

 
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