Search icon


23rd Sep 2022

Shopper stabbed to death by man who ‘refused to thank him’ for holding door open

Charlie Herbert

Shopper stabbed to death by man who 'refused to thank him' for holding door open

‘Why don’t you say, ‘Thank you for opening the door’?’

A man was stabbed to death after he got angry at a fellow customer for not saying ‘thank you’ when he held the door open for him.

The 37-year-old was stabbed outside a Brooklyn smoke shop in New York City, in the latest episode of violent crime in the city.

The stabbing occurred around 10.20pm on Tuesday after the victim, who has not been named, held the door open for a fellow customer walking into the 4th Ave Tobacco Road Corp in Gowanus.

But when the man didn’t thank him, the victim became angry.

Shop employee Kharef Alsaidi told ABC7 that the victim asked the suspect: “Why don’t you say, ‘Thank you for opening the door’?”

The suspect responded, “I didn’t tell you to open the door for me.”

An argument erupted, with the victim punching the other man as he tried to leave.

The victim then taunted the suspect as the altercation moved outside, telling him “stab me if you can do it.”

The suspect grabbed a knife from his bicycle and fatally stabbed in the neck and abdomen. The victims fell back into the shop entrance bleeding heavily, screaming: “He stabbed me, he stabbed me.”

The victim was taken to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile the suspect escaped on bike.

Alsaidi said he had tried to deescalate the problem and get the man to put the knife away, but to no avail.

Police are still searching for the suspect, no arrests have yet been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Related links: