by Kevin Cokely
A Family Dollar clerk in Forth Worth, Texas was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said he used a crowbar to club a deaf customer.
Cody Goodnight, 30, has been deaf since before the age of 2, and uses sign language to communicate.
When Goodnight tried to pay for two bottles of Sprite with a $5 bill he was assaulted by the store clerk.
Investigators said the clerk, 20-year-old Ricky Young told them he thought Goodnight was being rude by not talking to him, and hit him in the head with a crowbar.
Goodnight said he is still scared to return to the store or any other place alone.
The clerk faces years in prison if convicted, authorities said.
A spokesman for Family Dollar said the store is conducting its own internal investigation into the incident.