An odd scene at the site of a new Wal-Mart in Florida is making headlines for exemplifying what not to do if you’re ever hoping to get a raise at work. According to the Orlando Sentinel, 32-year-old Erick Cox, also known as “Pork Chop,” was operating a front-end loader at the construction site last Wednesday, when his boss reportedly set him off the deep end.
Cox was in a heated argument with his supervisor, Perry A. Byrd, 57, but instead of taking time to blow off steam and calm down, Cox allegedly shoveled a load of dirt with the loader and began to bury his boss alive.
Around 7:20 a.m. on that hot Florida morning, witnesses told authorities that Cox scooped up at least two rounds of dirt and dumped it on top of Byrd until his body was half-way buried — and he couldn’t move.
If that wasn’t enough, those same witnesses told authorities that Cox jumped out of the front-end loader and picked up an aluminum level about six-feet in length and allegedly began to hit Byrd, who couldn’t run away, in the head. It wasn’t long before Byrd was knocked unconscious.
While the incident was going on, one of the witnesses placed a frantic 911 call, telling the dispatcher, “Please hurry, somebody come out here. He just hit him with a loader and is about to kill him. The guy is trying to kill him on my job, please come out.” While waiting for police to respond to the scene, Good Samaritans who witnessed the incident banded together to dig Byrd out. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Byrd’s injuries included a large cut to the back of his head which required stitches.
When investigators arrived, Cox put all the blame on Byrd’s shoulders, and telling them he was the victim of Byrd’s verbal abuse. Cox reportedly told authorities that Byrd not only threatened to beat him up, but was also “continually” yelling profanities at him. Cox claimed Byrd actually swung at him first and spit in his face, the paper said. As for the his attempt to bury Byrd alive? A simple accident! Cox told authorities that he “bumped the bucket control-level as he was reaching for the keys.” Uh-huh.
Cox is charged with aggravated battery and is out on a $5,000 bond. It’s unclear when he’s set to appear in court, but let’s hope he’s not allowed near any dangerous construction vehicles until this dirty mess is sorted out.
Read more: Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Volusia County Jail