Love’s Responds After Security Guard Caught on Video Threatening to Shoot Trucker
Memphis, TN – Love’s Travel Stops is speaking out about an incident over the weekend in which a security guard was caught on video threatening to shoot a trucker over a parking dispute.
In an exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), trucker Joshua Andrews, 41, of Ripley, MS, says he pulled into a Love’s located at 3371 Lamar Avenue in Memphis around 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Andrews spent about half an hour searching for parking in the back of the truck stop to no avail before parking in a “front lot.”
Initially, he was told he could park there by a security guard on duty, but a couple of hours later he was confronted by a different security guard aggressively telling him he had to move.
What happened next was all caught on video.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out HERE.
However, during the course of the exchange the security guard identified only as Officer Holton, threatened Andrews with lethal force.
At the video’s 2-minute mark, a portion of Holton’s comment can be heard saying, “…you’re going to get your ass kicked… or shot. Make sure you record that too.”
Holton continued, “It’s an imminent promise.”
A Love’s spokesperson is now speaking out about the entire incident telling TNN the security guard will no longer be allowed on the property.
“Love’s takes this situation seriously and does not tolerate the behavior exhibited by the security guard in this video,” Caitlin Campbell, media relations specialist for Love’s said. “The security guard in this video is not a Love’s employee, but we have contacted the company that sent him to our store, and he will not be allowed back on Love’s property.”
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Further, Campbell assured such conduct does not align with truck stop giant’s values.
“Professional drivers keep America moving – especially at times like these – and we welcome them 24/7/365,” she told TNN.
Andrews tells TNN he has retained legal counsel and is advised to keep his communications with Love’s confidential at this time.
Truckers Sound Off
Truckers have been angrily reacting all day across social media about what they witnessed in the video.
Here’s a sampling of what TNN’s followers are saying.
David Wissinger II said, “Rent-a-cop should be fired, and since he works for Love’s according to the manager they are responsible for his actions!”
Kevin Hinkle commented, “It’s sad the b.s. truckers gotta go through. Yes and some bring [it] on themselves, BUT getting a parking spot to sleep is essential to the driver’s life and yours.
Mary Day praised Andrews for remaining calm. “A coward wanna be who thinks he has some AUTHORITY! Makes him feel so important in his own little mind. Hats off to the trucker for keeping his cool.”