Sometimes, one’s love for Nutella overpowers everything else – and perhaps that’s what happened when a young hothead allegedly went berserk over a Nutella waffle.
Authorities arrested and charged a Californian man with elder abuse after he allegedly punched a 78-year-old man in the face over Nutella samples at Costco. Apparently, the victim had protested about the number of samples the chocolate fanatic had taken at the waffle tasting station.
Derrick Gharabighi, resident of Burbank, was charged with one felony count for inflicting great bodily injury on someone older than 70, announced the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday afternoon. The 24-year-old has entered a not guilty plea at the County Superior Court.
“Gharabighi was at a warehouse store in Burbank when he walked up to get a Nutella waffle sample,” a news release from the DA's office stated. “When the elderly victim reached out, Gharabighi took all of them.”
The pensioner, who was identified in the criminal complaint as Sahak Sahakian, told Gharabighi that he shouldn’t be taking so many samples and to leave some for others. However, instead of complying, the young man ignored all standards of decency and punched the elderly in the face.
The elderly shopper suffered facial injury, including a one-inch cut and swelling above his left eye. His family has refused to talk to the news media.
“It's a shame that it had to come to this over a Nutella sample,” said Burbank Police Department Sgt. Claudio Losacco. “It's a tragic situation where someone in their 70s, almost 80 years old, is faced with something like this.”
The young man, who has an extensive criminal record already, is currently being held on $50,000 bail. Although if convicted, he could face up to 11 years in state prison – which is definitely not worth any amount of Nutella samples.