Costco food fight: Derrick Gharabighi

Published: September 23, 2015

Costco food fight: Derrick Gharabighi, A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of punching a 78-year-old Costco shopper in the face over free Nutella waffle samples.

Derrick Gharabighi allegedly tried to pick up all the samples lying on a bench on Sunday morning when the elderly man, Sahak Sahakian, told him only to take one.

According to police, Gharabighi lashed out and hit Sahakian so hard he was hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his eye.

Gharabighi was arrested at the store in Burbank, California, at 11.30am on Sunday.

He is being held on $50,000 bail and is expected to appear in court this week.

‘It’s a shame that it had to come to this over a Nutella sample,’ Burbank Police Department Sgt. Claudio Losacco told KTLA.

‘It’s a tragic situation where someone in their 70s, almost 80 years old, is faced with something like this.’

Under California law, if it is found that a victim 70 years or older suffers great bodily injury then a stay of at least a year in a state penitentiary is a possibility.

KTLA reports he faces up to 11 years for this offense.

According to records, it is Gharabighi’s fifth arrest since December 2014 – the latest just two weeks ago.

He is currently charged with felony domestic abuse against a spouse, a case that has been pending since July.


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