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Within minutes of walking into a store at the north end of Cadillac, I heard screams that didn’t stop. I followed the rumor to find a young man using a lot of profanity and yelling at a young woman, whom I have known for many years. Then I noticed a young mother arguing with this young lady as well. The employees seemed stunned by the situation and didn’t get involved (I don’t blame them – this young man was a coward gun).

But not knowing what the store’s protocol is for dealing with such a situation, I waited and watched.

Fortunately, there were two older gentlemen who were calmly trying to defuse the situation, and they were successful until a store manager could do it. They got the young couple to their car and told the other client to wait a few minutes before she needed to go to her car in order to avoid any possible contact with the young couple.

I just want to salute the two gentlemen who have done so much to defuse the situation with their wise words of “This is not the place”, and calmly move the couple out of the store.

Thank you very much for intervening, although there was a risk that you may have injured yourself. You are heroes in my book (and my friend’s, I’m sure).

Bonnie S. VanHouten


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