The 'beg permission' story is a stray bit of gossip. It has no credible source.
The story that Martin begged to go to the store is not just a "stray bit of gossip." It has a named
source: family friend and former football coach Jerome Horton, who, according to CNN, "has been in close contact with Martin's father." You may not believe what he says is true, but it's more than mere gossip.
His fateful walk to the convenience store for a bag of Skittles and an iced tea on the evening of February 26 happened only because the teenager pleaded to leave the apartment, said Horton.
"The only reason he got a chance to go to the store is because he begged his dad to go," he said.