On Monday, James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tennessee, entered a not-guilty plea in court for first-degree wanton endangerment after purportedly harassing customers at the discount store in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reported WBKO.
Terry Pierce told WNKY that he and his wife Cherrie were shopping at Sam’s Club on Saturday night wearing MAGA hats when Phillips made an explicit gesture toward them. Cherrie called after Phillips, “Hey did you flip me off?” and he admitted it because of the “hats you’ve got on.”
“Next thing I know, he drew a .40 caliber and stuck it into my face,” Terry told WNKY. “He told me, ‘This is a good day for you to die.'”
Terry challenged Phillips to either shoot or fight him but Phillips took off with his mother, who was also shopping for groceries. The Pierces followed Phillips into the parking lot, against the wishes of Sam’s Club management. Outside, the men argued and Phillips allegedly accused Terry of assault.
The Bowling Green Police Department sent Yahoo Lifestyle a police report in which Phillips admitted to making threats because of the MAGA hats. Phillips told police that after flipping off the couple, Terry followed and “put hands on him.” (Terry denies that and store surveillance cameras endorse his claim).
The police say security footage doesn’t show Phillips revealing his gun because he walked out of view. Once in the parking lot, reads the report, Phillips told Cherrie, “It’s a good day to die, b****.” However, Phillips told police that the couple yelled at him while he unloaded groceries into his car.
The police report mentions that Phillips carried two extra magazines in his pocket and has a concealed carry permit in Tennessee.
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