I don’t know if this is professional to bring up, but I feel like I have to, I’ve been crazy obsessed with this since it all went down back in October.
Famous “internet crazy” Christian Weston Chandler (website nsfw) has been banned from The Game Place in Charlottesville, Virginia since August 28, 2008. Chris was banned from the gaming store by manager Michael Snyder because he was being extremely disruptive in the store, bringing his wii into the store, hooking it up to the store’s big screen tv, yelling at young children who would come to the store to play Pokemon, and acting in racist ways to young children in the store.
Chris has tried to re-enter The Game Place several times, in April of 2009 (a cashier chased him out), April of 2010 (again, a cashier chased him out). The next day after that incident, Chris entered the store again to try to talk to Snyder. After Snyder refused to speak to Chris, Chris called him a antisemitic term and bolted before the cops showed up. Yet AGAIN, Chris showed up at the store in June of 2010, trying to take a photo of Snyder to use as a dartboard target. Chris tried to run yet again, but he was cornered in the parking lot by Snyder and several workers. The cops came, but simply warned Chris.
At this point, I should mention that Chris has autism. However, I believe that his parents are at fault for not disciplining Chris, and not preventing him to go to the store over and over again.
Everything hit the fan on October 28th, 2011. Chris and his mom were driving around Charlottesville, and they passed by the store. Chris believed that he saw a sign in the window that stated that the store was under new ownership, that a “Mike & Madeline” were new owners of the store. Chris thought that Michael Snyder was gone from management because of this, and he was free to roam the store again. So, Chris and his mom enter the store.
The minute Snyder saw Chris he kicked them out of the store, and called the cops, while he’s doing this, Chris is taking photos of Snyder with his Game Boy. Chris and his mom climb in their van and try to flee the parking lot, and either Snyder hopped in front of the van to stop them, or he stumbled while trying to stop them, but Snyder claims that he was injured in the chase. Chris and his mom escape the parking lot–somehow, during the struggle to get out of the parking lot, Chris’ mom climbs in the drivers seat and backed out of the parking lot.
The van was pulled over by nearby cops, and Chris and his mom were arrested. Ok, that’s an incorrect statement. Chris fought with police officers to try to escape from being arrested. His mom tried to intervene, however she was arrested as well for fighting with the cops. Chris and his mom were thrown in jail for 24 hours until they were bailed out by an acquaintance of their church.
So, fast forward to today, after numerous court dates which ended in postponements, today Chris’ misdemeanor charges of assault and “trespassing after forbidden to do so” were dropped. However, his felony charge of not stopping, and potential damage to the Game Place parking lot, and probably hurting Snyder were not dropped, and now will go to a Circuit Court. Chris’ mom, Barbara’s felonies of the not stopping (remember, she traded the drivers seat with Chris), and the assault on the police officer were not dropped, and will go to a grand jury in Circuit Court. Luckily for Snyder, he was awarded full protection orders against Chris and Barbara.
I hope that Chris and Barbara are punished. Chris (and his mom) have been harassing Snyder for years, and it is time that they are finally punished for it, and to give Mr. Snyder piece of mind so he can run his store in peace.