Sheila Taylor, Dayton school board member

DPS board member asked to leave store, police called after reported dispute

According to video of the incident shot by fellow customers at the Brown Street UDF and obtained by News Center 7, Taylor was at the cash register, standing next to another woman who has not been identified. 

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Taylor is heard saying that she was not bothering the woman and that the incident started outside the store. The woman said to Taylor, “I did not ask you to get physical with me. You’re going to get arrested because you laid your hands on me.” 

Taylor whispered something to the woman and laughed. 

The woman responded, “I don’t care where you work.” 

A young UDF employee who later identified herself as the manager pleaded with them, “You guys are grown adults, stop arguing.” 

Taylor repeatedly said she just wants to pay for her ice cream and leave, but when an employee asked her to step down to another register, she declined. Then the manager said she’s not going to sell Taylor the ice cream and told her to leave. 

The incident continued for several minutes, with both Taylor and the unidentified woman saying they will press charges against the other. 

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At one point, Taylor followed the young manager down an aisle, and there’s some small physical contact that’s difficult to see on the video. The employee said “Do not touch me,” to Taylor, and Taylor responded, “You just hit me.” 

Minutes later, Taylor stood at the counter, again asking to pay for her ice cream, and employees said police are on their way. The manager told Taylor she has the right to not sell to her. A different UDF employee then put a small plastic sign on the counter indicating the register is closed. 

Taylor smacked the sign off the counter toward the employee and said, “Call the police.” 

As Taylor remained in the store, another employee warned Taylor not to stand near the woman with whom she had the original dispute, as that woman was waiting for the police. The video ended before police arrived. 

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Taylor declined to comment Tuesday before the board of education meeting. 

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli’s office said Dayton Public Schools would not comment on the matter. Board President William Harris also declined comment. 

University of Dayton police responded to the UDF. News Center 7 and the Dayton Daily News requested the incident report from UD police but did not receive it Tuesday.

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