Woman Verbally Assaulted In Piggly Wiggly Express Lane

August 20th, 2010 by Staff

SAUKVILLE, Wis. — A Port Washington woman went to the express line, but she had a lot more than 10 items. What resulted was a verbal assault and a hefty citation.

In all, the woman had 37 items in her cart when she went to the checkout. There was no one waiting or in line at the 10 items or less counter, or express line so she asked the clerk if she could take her and she said yes. A bit later another customer came up and strenuously objected.

“I was bending over getting eight little can goods and I heard, ‘Can’t you blank, blank, read?’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” the woman said.

The man went on to call her fat and ugly. The woman said she called 911. A police officer happened to be in the area.

“He went and called her names and caused in all of my years of law enforcement, a disturbance,” Saukville police Officer Barry Effinger said.

The man was issued a citation for disorderly conduct with a $429 fine. This was the man’s second such incident investigated by the same officer in two years.

“It was done first with a verbal warning, and then you have to escalate it because you’re just not getting it that you’re just not respecting people,” Effinger said.

“I’m glad he got that ticket. I’m glad. He deserved that ticket,” the woman said.

WISN 12 News tried to contact the man who got the ticket at his home and over the phone but couldn’t reach him.

The store did not want to comment.

So far, the fine has not been paid. The violator has until Sept. 22.

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