Police: Man tries to poach pot customers outside legal shop, threatens to 'stomp' employee

SEATTLE -- Workers at a retail marijuana shop in Seattle told police that a man parked in a Buick outside their store was trying to poach their customers and threatened to 'stomp' one of the shop employees when confronted, police said Monday.

Police said they showed up after the employee called 911, but the man in the Buick was gone.

The  incident occurred Saturday in the Sodo district at Cannabis City, one of the stores licensed to sell state-taxed marijuana in Seattle.

Employees told police they’ve seen the suspect on several occasions, offering business cards to customers queued up in front of the store and promising a “good selection” of different types of pot.

A Cannabis City employee spotted the suspect just before 8 p.m. Saturday, standing next to the open trunk of his maroon Buick Century, parked in front of the pot shop, police said.

Witnesses said that when the staff member approached the suspect, he snarled, “Do you have a problem?” before threatening to “stomp out” the employee, police said.