Bad Tipper Accused Of Killing Car Wash Employee

UPDATED 03/28/11 1:10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A customer shot and killed Humboldt Park neighborhood car wash worker, after the worker accused him of being a lousy tipper, prosecutors allege.

Marcus Gordon, 40, was denied bond Sunday by Judge James Brown, after prosecutors outlined how he allegedly murdered Cesar Rosales, 43, after an argument at the Citgo car wash at 1345 N. Pulaski Rd. on Aug. 6 of last year.

Gordon, of the 5200 block of West Ferdinand Street, took his black 2002 Toyota Camry to be washed around 5 p.m. but got in a fight with staff after they refused to dry his car because he had a reputation for not tipping, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Morgan Creppel said at the Sunday hearing.

Gordon, whose street name is “Shorty G,” left the car wash. But he returned 30 minutes later and shot Rosales in the chest, Creppel said. Rosales, of the 2200 block of North Kildare Avenue, died that day at Stroger Hospital.

Before he died, he “stumbled into the store and made a dying declaration that the guy they had fought with earlier came back for him, came back to kill him,” Creppel said.

Gordon was identified by several witnesses and was eventually arrested Friday morning on the 100 block of South Springfield Avenue after officers spotted him riding in a friend’s Ford Taurus, according to a police report.

He has several prior felony convictions, records show.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • len

    Marcus is a bad tipper, but he is agood shot

  • Yolanda Correa

    A tip is just that a tip. If the man paid for a car wash and dry he should have gotten what he paid for. Some folks seem to think a tip required. Still not a reason to go kill someone though.

    • KE

      You are right about a tip — a tip is something extra given for something extra done.
      And what do you mean “still not a reason to go kill someone THOUGH”?

      • Yolanda Correa

        I didn’t mean anything, it’s just my bad grammar.

    • GO Southside

      I never ever seen a Citgo offer dying service after a car wash. I’ve seen Full service car wash companies. not Citgo they are like Shell, Mobil, BP. Just gas station with a car wash machine. I’ve never ever seen poor guys out freezing in the middle of winter drying people’s car.

  • Yolanda Correa

    Racist much? Where does it say he was illegal?

  • Rob131

    I guess anyone with a Latino name is an illegal for you. not that you will even look at the replies to your nonsense.

    Go back to your cave and die…in 20-25 years your kind won’t exist anymore.

    • GO Southside

      Sorry to tell you Rob but HATERED will always exist.

    • Jose

      He was Mexican, most likely illegal.

  • David

    Very good point.

  • KE

    When the drying of the car is part of the purchase price — the drying of the car is REQUIRED. and NO TIP is required.

    If the individual goes above and beyond by doing things such as lifting the wiper blades and wiping them off, making sure your mirrors are dried well, opening your doors and cleaning and drying the door jams, etc that is something EXTRA and a tip should be given.

  • Benny

    HaHaHaHaHa, that’s hilarious!!

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  • len

    he was a bad tipper, but a good shot

  • TONY W.


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