If you’ve never been to Costco, one of the best things about it is that they hand out truckloads of seriously good free samples. I’ve never done this myself, but I’ve heard of people going to shop there and stuffing themselves with all the handouts instead of buying lunch. Come to think of it, that could be how this happened.
Derrick Gharabighi, 24, had snagged several samples when the elderly shopper told him to take just one, Burbank police Officer Cindy Guillen told Times Community News.
“The victim told Mr. Gharabighi that he wanted a sample and he shouldn’t take so many,” Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.
That’s when Gharabighi reportedly punched the man in the face. The man was hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his left eye, Guillen said.
The samples in question were Nutella waffles, for the record.
What’s the big deal with Nutella, anyway? It’s kind of not very good. Every 5 or 10 years I’ll get a weird hankering for the stuff, so I’ll buy a jar. I’ll use it once or maybe twice, remember why I only buy it every few years, question my sanity, then put it in the back of the cupboard and forget I even own it until I’m looking for something else, come across it and go “Christ, how long has that been in there” and throw it away.
Um, where was I?
The 78-year-old victim, who was not identified, is recovering from his injuries and will hopefully be ok.
Gharabighi was charged with elder abuse and inflicting great bodily injury. At last word he was still in jail on $50000 bail.