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RV Owners Sue Wal-Mart Over ’06 Shooting

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August 2, 2010 by   32 Comments

A Florida couple who shot and killed an intruder in their motorhome while it was parked in the lot of the Cedar City, Utah, Wal-Mart are suing the retailer, claiming store officials knew the man was loitering in the lot, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Carl and Tracy Coltellino were settled in their motorhome the night of July 26, 2006, when their nightmare began.

The couple and their two daughters, ages 9 and 15 at the time, were traveling to Grand Canyon National Park from Florida and had taken the company up on its open invitation to park free of charge in the store’s huge lot.

When Carl Coltellino answered a knock at the door, he confronted Steven Stubbs, who allegedly had been observed that day “behaving badly” in the parking lot, urinating and even trying to break into a vehicle. He asked if the Coltellinos were heading south.

When Carl Coltellino told Stubbs, 26, to leave, Stubbs forced his way into the motorhome. Coltellino grabbed a shotgun and a struggle ensued as the couple tried to force him out the door. During the struggle, Stubbs grabbed the gun as the men wrestled for control of the weapon. When the gun went off, Stubbs was killed.

No charges were ever filed in the case.

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32 Responses to “RV Owners Sue Wal-Mart Over ’06 Shooting”

  1. Marcus on August 2nd, 2010 1:13 pm

    Great! We’ll have this litigious couple to thank when Walmart revokes it’s camping policy.

  2. Anne Mollere on August 2nd, 2010 2:34 pm

    There are very few places RV’ers can camp for free & Walmart has gone out of its way to accomodate us. Now, thanks to an idiot, they will, no doubt, close their parking lots to us too ! One of the basic rules every RV’er knows & is reminded in every “safety” article written is NEVER OPEN YOUR DOOR TO A STRANGER !!! This dumb-dumb endangered his family, killed another apparently unarmed human being, and if those 2 things were bad enough, has probably caused the end of Walmart’s hospitality to RV’ers !!! Someone should sue him !

  3. Chuck Griffiths on August 2nd, 2010 3:33 pm

    This sounds like someone going after the “deepest pockets” just to get some money. No doubt these folks were badly scared and endured quite an unpleasant episode. But holding WalMart responsible for a drifter in their lot will only cause all WalMarts to discontinue allowing RVers to use their lots.

    And it is not good thinking to open your door, RV or home, without first knowing who is “ringing the bell”.

  4. Hubert Smith on August 2nd, 2010 3:58 pm

    This law suit could force Wal Mart to stop the use of there parking for RV’s. How could Wal Mart for see what anybody will do.

  5. Fred on August 2nd, 2010 4:34 pm

    I suppose that if the Coltellino,s win that lawsuit we all will lose parking at
    Wal- Mart Center’s and I can’t really blame Wal-Mart.

  6. JR on August 2nd, 2010 4:40 pm

    Morons, make sure nobody can ever park at a Wal-Mart again. Way to go for everybody else. You killed the moron, never got charges for it and now you are going for the money. Just let it go…

  7. Tom on August 2nd, 2010 5:17 pm

    So much for free parking at the Wall Mart stores. This kind of thing could have happened anywhere, so why take it out on Wall Mart who was letting someone spend the night for FREE. Most of us in the RV traveling business would think twice about approaching someones RV uninvited as most are self protected, myself included. In the end the individual got his just rewards. Just my opinion.

  8. Craig Ueltzen on August 2nd, 2010 5:54 pm

    What? Is there some unwritten law that requires you to open a door to ANYONE and EVERYONE who walks up an knocks on it?!?

    I’ve dealt with a few nutcases over time. When some fruitcake knocks on the door, I ask them from a window 8 foot high in my diesel motor coach what they want. If it’s the usual pan handling garbage, they’re told to move on and bother someone else. That will be the day when I open the door to someone as described in the lawsuit.

    Why in the Sam Hill is it Walmart’s responsibility as to why Mr. Coltellino decided to open the door to some vagrant wandering around their public parking lot?!? He should NOT have opened the door, and if the guy was that much of a threat, then he should have either called 911 or just started the engine and moved on!

    Lawsuits like this serve nothing other than to eliminate the free overnight RV parking from Walmart’s parking lots. What if you sat in your car all night and someone attacked? Is Walmart responsible for that also?!? Give me a break!!

  9. Dennis Olson (Rv Outlet, Eugene Or.) on August 2nd, 2010 6:58 pm

    I’m very sorry to here about the nightmare they were put threw but if they were parked in front there friends house would they still sue? I think not,people are to quick to sue

  10. Jim on August 3rd, 2010 2:35 pm

    Moron! Idiot! Jerk!
    Hope WalMart countersues and takes ever cent you have.

  11. John Whittney on August 3rd, 2010 2:51 pm

    Too cheap to stay at a campground. They probably have Montana Tags so they could evade the Florida Sales Tax. Hope Walmart counter sues them and they lose their motorhome. Don’t need campers like this!

  12. Jerry Newberry USAF Retired on August 3rd, 2010 6:09 pm

    John your comment about “too cheap to stay at a campground” is way off base. My wife and I travel a lot and we both have serious health issues. We frequently stay in a Walmart lot because I cannot drive at night and when we need to stop we must. My wife has asthma and cannot tolerate smoke from a campfire. We would be crippled without places like Walmart that help us. We always spend our money at Walmart to show our appreciation whether we are on the road or home. We get our medications from Walmart and have had to wait overnight many times for the medicine. We feel much safer at Walmart than in many campgrounds. Remember there is a big difference between “camping” and “overnight parking”.

    As someone has already said, you NEVER open the door to a stranger and this couple’s greed may possibly hurt thousands of folks who depend on Walmart as a resting place between campgrounds.

  13. Doug Payton on August 3rd, 2010 7:27 pm

    These people will be part of the reason that companies like WalMart stop us from using their lots.
    hope they fail in there insane litigation.

  14. RB on August 6th, 2010 8:39 am

    This goes to prove that lawers are a major problem in our society, just by taking this case. It’s all about the money. This could have easily happened at a campground.

  15. Tom on August 7th, 2010 10:49 am

    We’re not camping at Wal-Mart when we stay overnight on their lot. We are parking which is a convenience for us when traveling long distances in our motor home. Campgrounds are generally far enough from the road they require some time and directions to find. We travel into the evening and don’t need campground facilities, just a place to park. We’ll be on our way early the next day. We always get permission and patronize Wal-Mart. Frequently we are directed to the area of the parking lot where they would prefer us to park and we always comply.

    In nine years of living full time in our motor home, we have probably stayed at Wal-Mart or other commercial establishments less than 100 nights. We also stop at rest areas on highways and occasionally truck stops though those are less desirable because of the noise of diesel trucks running their engines all night.

    If we lose our Wal-Mart parking, we will have lost a very convenient resource for overnight parking. The incident described in this article is regrettable but it is not the responsibility of Wal-Mart. This family faced a number of choices and made decisions, some of them as pointed out above were very poor decisions. As hard as it may be to accept, their decisions resulted in their problem. It is their personal responsibility to deal with the consequences of their decisions.

  16. riggarob on August 14th, 2010 2:04 pm

    maybe the judge will have 1/2 a brain, and throw the case out. Oh wait, this is the USA, the judges and lawyers will screw us to a parade rest !!!

  17. Tessa Hill on September 7th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Maybe we should start a “Wal-Mart, Thank You!” writing campaign to show our appreciation and counteract the damage this person has done to our overnight parking image. What do you think?

  18. bob on September 9th, 2010 3:47 pm

    I live in cedar city and remember well when this happened. There is a lot that is fishy about this whole situation. For one thing the people were parked behind the store where there are no lights, security cameras, and is posted not to go back there. Why would any camper, let alone one with children not park in the big well lit lot out front? That is just one of the seriously bazaar things about this case. There is a lot about this case that has never came out and I was seriously surprised that charges were never filed. There was way more to it than some “crazy” person busting in on a poor Innocent family! Not so Innocent I say… Enough of my rant, they shouldn’t have been parked around the back of the store, period!

  19. Richard Parker on September 9th, 2010 5:09 pm

    This litigious couple and the low life lawyer who slither across this country are the cause of most of the problems we face in the county. Can no one take responsibility for their actions any more. America has a lot of problem but nothing comes close to the internal collapse of our willingness to accept responsibility for our actions and decision – just because your lawyer types it on a piece of paper does make it right. This problem is only going to get worse with thousand of starving lawyer being vomited from law school with 5 and 6 digit school loans and dollar signs in their eyes – they could care less what is right or wrong, only how much money can they take from someone else. This RV couple, their lying lawyer, and everyone reading this knows Walmart is not to blame – Walmart is just the deepest pockets to pay this lawyers college loans. Shame on all of them and you too if you run to one of these sleazy group of thieves when you think you can get a quick buck.

  20. MIke on September 16th, 2010 11:19 pm

    You are what’s wrong with America you dumb-ass. You exercised your second amendment rights, and were justified,but now you feel a need to sue Wal-Mart.
    We need to stop litigating and take ownership of our actions. Maybe you need a hug?

  21. Hawkeye on September 26th, 2010 9:08 am

    Walmart will probably stop rv’s parking in lots.
    The American people are stopping everything they do and say anymore because of being sued and losing everything they have worked hard to acquire.
    Sad thing is Walmart will probably settle this out of court because it is cheaper to settle than take the chances of a jury awarding this family millions of dollars.
    Sorry the family had to experience this situation but man up.
    Maybe we need to take a look at our justice system and get some control over lawsuits that should never be started in first place.
    Happy RVing!

  22. Paul on October 4th, 2010 5:31 pm

    We don’t park at Walmart overnight because of the possibility of being harassed by drifters, teens looking for some fun, or someone looking for an easy mark to rob. Home invasions are on the rise and so are RV robberies.

    So, we park in campgrounds and always are self-protected in case someone might want to break in. Never open a door after dark to strangers, RV or at home!

    It is true that Walmart will probably reconsider their hospitality policy and ask RVers to just move on. Too bad.

  23. Pat on November 7th, 2010 4:06 am

    and now they will be able to afford any campground anywhere- a chauffer can drive their MH while they stay in top notch spas and resorts.
    Although they may have post traumatic stress; I certainly hope there was counseling for their children- and not just legal counsel.

  24. Bill on November 18th, 2010 3:42 pm

    The problem is really with every Judge we ever had in this country, who didn’t throw out these cases, but in a bitter activist attempt to hurt businesses(Americans) , chose to hear them. The most famous story is the one with the lady at McDonalds drive thru, who spilled coffee in her own lap. Those Judges have trained low elements in our culture that it’s PROFITABLE/Acceptable to derive undeserved wealth from others thru lawsuits. If this suit results in a new policy from Walmart, we need to take a look at the Judge first. Going deeper we need only to take a look at what politician appointed these “Special” Judges to find the real problems. And vote them out of office.

  25. Bill on December 8th, 2010 6:26 pm

    So the family takes care of the would be assailant and now is suing WalMart for… uh, why? What if a burglar broke into their house, who would they sue then? The door knob people? The city police? The house builder? Obama?

    Carl and Tracy Coltellino, in their self-righteous greed, will be the impetus for WalMart to decide against allowing RV’ers overnight parking because unfortunately, there are alot more Coltellino’s out there.

    I agree with Tessa Hill, write a letter of support to WalMart and tell ‘em to not back down! We appreciate their generosity.

  26. Rvs for sale on December 16th, 2010 2:13 am

    Thanks…………..
    we live ten years in our motor home, we have probably stayed at Wal-Mart .same time we have take rest on highways.If we lose our Wal-Mart parking, we will have lost a very convenient resource for overnight parking.

  27. Mike on December 19th, 2010 11:18 am

    I think Walmart makes to much money on the shoping campers do while parked. They have insurance for this type thing and will no close free parking. The Camp Ground owners are the ones forcing Walmart to stop FREE parking. I can understand there concern for there business. Maybe if more campers park for free we will not have camp grounds that are worth staying at. I am not looking to not have free parking at Walmart it comes in handy for a fast off/on if just traveling and not camping.

  28. Glen on December 29th, 2010 2:44 pm

    I think it is ashame we have peoople who sue rather than use good common sense. I do not open the door of my motorhome for anyone unless they are police in uniform or someone who can present proper credentials. If in fact I see someone who I do not recognize as being proper authority I call 911 and let the police take care of it. If the intruder trys to break in he is risking his life.

  29. Bob on January 3rd, 2011 11:14 pm

    I’m very disappointed that they did this. The intruder was a very unfortunate thing but I don’t know what they expected Wal-mart to do. If they noticed the guy lingering they should have called the police. Doesn’t anyone take responsibility for anything anymore?? Wal-mart will likely close the free use of their parking lots. If that happens it would be unfortunate for many.

  30. Bill on February 8th, 2011 2:36 pm

    I have to agree with the majority here… thanks to this ONE moron all of us will more than likely lose our PRIVILEGE of parking at Walmart overnight. You never open the door to someone you don’t know. I’m sure the lawyers will win on this one, and thanks to Carl Coltellino all the rest of us will lose. Way to go Carl !!!!

  31. Dennis J on March 18th, 2011 1:44 pm

    You Know what? This family is what is wrong about the USA now. If you do something stupid, you deserve what you get. I hope this guy get laughted out of court, Wal Mart sues him, they take his RV so he can never do this again. What example does this show to his kids? Blame EVERYONE ELSE for your stupidity and you will become rich. I am truly sorry for his trama, but when you do something wrong, admit it and learn, don’t blame soneone else.

  32. bernard r on May 4th, 2011 9:51 pm

    we have stayed often in walmarts from quebec city to alaska an id clifornia we were always welcome it’s a great way to travel for overnight stay and always find it secure. thank you very much Walmart

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