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Wild Brawl at Buffet over Crab Legs

Hungry patrons at a local buffet in Alabama took “hangry” (hunger combined with anger) to a new level when a fight broke out allegedly over crab legs. The unexpected brawl went down at Meteor Buffet in Huntsville as diners were waiting to feast on a freshly boiled batch of crab legs.

Among the restaurant goers was police officer Gerald Johnson, who recalled hearing yelling and tongs clashing. “Literally, as I sat down and maybe took two bites out of my plate,” Johnson said. “There’s a woman who’s beating a man. People are moving around, plates are shattering everywhere.”

“It’s not something you typically hear, if you can imagine a fencing match,” Johnson said of the guests allegedly using tongs as weapons. As for why the altercation took place, “Everyone was saying, ‘She cut me in line. He cut me in line. I was here first.' They’d been waiting there for the crab legs for a good 10, 20 minutes. When they finally came out, it’s very heated. Especially if someone is taking more than their fair share,” Johnson said.

Following the fight, police arrested John Chapman and Chequita Jenkins. Chapman sustained a cut on his head while Jenkins was uninjured. Both Chapman and Jenkins allegedly admitted to letting their temper cloud their judgment.

Robyn Merrett, “Wild Brawl Breaks Out at Alabama Buffet Restaurant Over Crab Legs,” People.com (2-27-19)

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