Linda Brown Incites Burlington Coat Factory Riot
An Ohio woman, Linda Brown, pulled up to a Burlington Coat Factory in Columbus, OH in a Hummer limousine and announced to customers that she had just won the lottery and hence would be paying for all of their purchases. Sounds fair enough, right? Well unfortunately for the shoppers, whom Brown told to call their friends and family to get in on the deal, the supposed lottery winner's debit card maxed out after $5,000 and therefore incited a riot.
"I said, 'Are you sure, because I can't pay you for this.' She said, 'Honey, I've got $1.5 million, and I've been used all my life, mostly by my family members, and this is just my turn to give back, '" said shopper Carole Hubbard. She invited the customers to call their family to the store."Five-hundred dollars each -- tell your friends and your family. It ends at close today," Linda Brown said.
After Brown's debit card maxed out, sometime around 3 p.m., she said she was running to the bank to get some more cash but the too-generous-for-her-own-good mystery woman returned with no cash to show and in turn incited a riot in the outwear superstore.
Police arrested Brown on an outstanding warrant and she faces charges of inducing panic and fraud.