Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

This is not from The Onion

Incredibly, it’s a true story (or at least an AP wire story):

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A dispute at the salad bar turned into a food fracas at an upscale retirement home, with a man taking a bite out of another’s arm and other residents suffering minor injuries.

Police said resident Lee Thoss, 62, of the Spring Haven Retirement Community was picking through the lettuce, which disgusted 86-year-old William Hocker, who was standing in line behind him.

Hocker told Thoss no one wanted to eat food he had been playing with. Thoss yelled and cursed at him, Hocker told police, and Hocker called him a nasty name. Then, witnesses said, Thoss then began punching Hocker in the face.

In the buffet melee that followed, Allen Croft, 79, tried to grab Thoss, who bit him on the arm, reports said.

Thoss’ mother, Arlene, in her 80s and also a Spring Haven resident, jumped in to break up the fight and ended up with a cut arm.

[To the tune of Def Leppard, “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” from the album Vault – Def Leppard Greatest Hits.]

1 Comment

  1. Ehm…some people need to gain perspective.

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