The moral of Bryson Dewberry's story is clear: Don't expect sympathy from average citizens if you shoplift. You'll get none, even if the owner chases you outside and shoots you in the face, leaving you with staggering medical bills.
That's what happened to Dewberry after he seized a bottle of vodka from a shelf at a Colorado Springs liquor store three years ago and was run down by the owner, Chang Ho Yi, who shot him in the jaw after he got into a car.
A jury in a civil lawsuit has just pegged Dewberry with 65 percent of the blame for his injuries, meaning Yi does not have to pay.
Previously, a grand jury had declined to indict Yi on criminal charges.
Getting shot in the face is a harsh punishment for shoplifting. But despite his lawsuit's failure, Dewberry seems to be taking it in stride. As the Gazette reports, “Asked if he was angered by the outcome, he replied: 'I have no reason to be. I'm alive.' ”