Parking lot scam unfolds with the other side of the story

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/24/2013 3:02 am Published: 12/23/2013 10:19 pm

FOX23 told you first last week about a woman who claimed to be hit by a car at the Reasor's near 15th and Lewis.

All new on FOX23 News Monday, that woman speaks out as she says that wasn't the case.

FOX23 went to speak with the woman involved, and she tells us the other side of the story.

The woman pushing the shopping cart says she used it for protection, not a payout.

The week before Christmas chaos lives inside area grocery stores, but this chaos started in the parking lot.

Staci Morris came to FOX23 with her side of the story last Thursday, when a woman jumped behind her and tried to accuse Morris of backing up into her.

Morris said she heard a thud and thought, "oh my gosh this is not happening, this has got to be a scam."

This accused scammer is irate from Morris' story.

Charis Albertie said: "I am not a scam artist. I am not trying to benefit off of anybody."

Albertie admitted to seeing the black SUV backing out.

"So I walked a couple more steps. Next thing you know she keeps on coming so I let the basket go," Albertie explained.

Last Thursday, Morris said, "I heard a loud 'thud' on my right."

That "thud," was the sound of the car and basket colliding.

"She hit the basket with such force that it backed into my shin on my back leg," Albertie explained.

But Staci Morris, the driver of the SUV, and police say video surveillance shows otherwise: that Morris wasn't backing up too quickly at all.

Even though police sided with Morris, Albertie told me FOX23 she believes the driver was at fault.

FOX23 asked Albertie, "You saw her backing out?"

Albertie responded,"That's right."

We asked,"But you felt she should have yielded to you?"

"That's right I'm a pedestrian. I feel yes she should have yielded. She wasn't paying attention," Albertie said.

We asked Albertie why she didn't just stop when she saw the car coming in her direction?

Albertie said, "I wanted to see what she was going to do. I wanted to see if she was going to stop and be courteous or continue to do exactly what she did."

The only thing these two women can agree on after the crash is it didn't ruin their holiday spirit.

FOX23 asked both Morris and Albertie, "Did this put a damper on your holiday season?"

Morris replied,"not on my holiday season, on my night."

Albertie said,"I'm not scrooge. I'm not going to say bah humbug yet."

Albertie told us she was upset about the accident but that anger was minimal compared to how she feels now.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/24/2013 1:09 PM
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What has she been smoking. Testing a driver in a parking lot at a store. Err on the side of caution. That way you will get another chance. It couldn't be that hard to get from the car to the door at the store. Admitting that she wanted to see what the driver would do if you sneak up on their blind spot while backing. Well you found out. Test the holiday spirit by GIVING an automobile a chance to go ahead and get on by. Especially since the automobile could seriously hurt you under most situations. This victim (scammer) is lucky that the driver of the test car that she picked was paying attention. It could have hurt her worse.

Unwashed Mass - 12/24/2013 12:29 PM
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A pedestrian doesn't have the right of way when they knowingly step in the path of a car, but we should see the video anyway for entertainment value.
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