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Jackson, TN - Hotel Security Guard Under Arrest For Vandalizing Torah, Other Jewish Objects

Published on: January 14, 2013 06:57 PM
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Jackson, TN - A hotel security guard was arrested on vandalism charges after a number of sacred Jewish items belonging to The Margolin Hebrew Academy of Memphis were destroyed, according to a report in the Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/WH2U7L).

Justin Shawn Baker, 24, of Jackson, Tennessee was charged with a class B felony after it was discovered that he willfully slashed, defaced and damaged a Torah scroll; a number of seforim; Judaica items; musical instruments; and electronics which were stored overnight in one of the Double Tree Hotel meeting rooms. Baker caused an estimated $60,000 worth of damage. It is unclear why the yeshiva had been storing these items at the hotel.

The FBI and the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security are working with Jackson police and other law enforcement officials to investigate this incident. Baker was employed by the company Maxx Guard. Maxx Guard officials are said to be cooperating with the investigation.

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No motive has been released, but officials have indicated that this attack was likely an apparent hate crime.  Baker was arraigned this morning in Jackson City Court and his bond was set at $100,000.



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 Jan 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM Phineas Says:

we should pressure the prosecutor to go for the maximum sentence.

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM phineas Says:

and the hotel should make restitution

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 07:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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phineas Says:

and the hotel should make restitution

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 08:59 PM knowitall1 Says:

The Double Tree is owned by frum people. There probably was a simcha or shabatton there this past shabbos.

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM Moish Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

Becuase the hotel is responsible and liable for items in their custody and is responsible and liable for acts of their employees.

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 09:19 PM yesnomaybe Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

Yes, that's what happens in life. You are responsible for actions by your employees on your property, not very difficult to comprehend.

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 09:27 PM Mark Levin Says:

Amaleik is alive and well

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Yet, another case of a crazed security guard. If you want to see crazed security guards pass through HNL airport.

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 Jan 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM Not_just_that___ Says:

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Moish Says:

Becuase the hotel is responsible and liable for items in their custody and is responsible and liable for acts of their employees.

Not necessarily. Hotels are not usually liable for guest's property. Depends on what the housing contract states. Especially since this mamzer was not an employee but a contractor.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 03:26 AM MBYIsrael Says:

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Moish Says:

Becuase the hotel is responsible and liable for items in their custody and is responsible and liable for acts of their employees.

That's why they use third party contract employees. They avoid liability. It's up to Maxx Security to screen employees and they are the ones who need to make restitution. Same with EEOC regs. I had that happen at Merrill Lynch. I was a third party contractor employer and when ML got rid of me for clearly discriminatory reasons, they were off the hook. That happened to be a security job too.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 07:08 AM qazxc Says:

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Phineas Says:

we should pressure the prosecutor to go for the maximum sentence.

Was there any indication in the article that the prosecutor was not taking this matter seriously?

Or is there a mitzvah hidden somewhere in the bible codes to make pains in the posterior of ourselves every time anyone in any position of power or authority comes into contact with the frum world?

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 07:11 AM dovid999 Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

Amaleik is alive and well

Alive and not so well.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 09:29 AM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

b/c he is their employee. It's called vicarious liability. If you are injured b/c a worker in Great Adventure drops a box on your head, you sue Great Adventure, not the minimum wage worker.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 09:30 AM phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

the hotel in turn can sue the provider of the guards for indemnification.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM qazxc Says:

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phineas Says:

the hotel in turn can sue the provider of the guards for indemnification.

Would one be safe assuming you are not an attorney at law?

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 01:28 PM BaruchGershom Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why should the hotel pay because some security guard acted inappropriately?

Both the hotel and security firm can be held liable, but ultimately, the hotel has a claim against the security firm and, most likely, the security firm has all of their guards bonded. So, in the end, an insurance company will pay the bill.

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 Jan 15, 2013 at 01:59 PM Phineas Says:

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qazxc Says:

Would one be safe assuming you are not an attorney at law?

no, that would not be a safe assumption. I am not however, a litigator.

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 Feb 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM margaret Says:

May I take issue with the word "inappropriately." The guard vandalized a hotel room. That is a criminal action, made worse, of course, by the fact that he was guarding the contents. And then his destruction of religious items (forgive me G-d for referring to the Torah as an item) is a hate crime. My brother and I graduated from what was then Lambuth U. in Jackson. I don't think this man's actions represent the Jackson community, but I think some community involvement (not just police officers) is necessary. Perhaps a donation to pay for replacing the Torah. Here in NE Florida, there are inter-faith meetings once or twice a year. A service is conducted by several Christian ministers, a rabbi, and iman. The service is open to the public. Hate and lack of understanding go hand in hand. Peace.
mcbrown

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