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The line for free cheese can be a battlefield

Mike Pomranz
August 03, 2018

Costco is known for low prices, but at the same time, not everyone always wants to waste an entire $1.50 on a hot dog and soda. What is this, the Roaring Twenties? It might explain why two people who practically remember the '20s ended up in a fistfight in a South Carolina Costco over free samples.

A 70-year-old man told police he was waiting in line for a free cheese sample at a Costco in Greenville when a 72-year-old man “cut in line, took some cheese and walked off,” according to an incident report. Later, the 70-year-old found himself again waiting in a free sample line, this time for cheeseburgers, when he saw the 72-year-old approaching. Instead of respecting his elders, the 70-year-old decided to take the sarcastic approach, reportedly telling the 72-year-old “he could get in front of him because he knew he would just cut the line anyway.”

That’s when the most clichéd old man thing you could imagine happened, according to the police. The older man reportedly bellowed “I will do it again!” before calling the other guy a “jerk.”

But then, all joking aside, things turned violent. As the woman working the cheeseburger sample counter reportedly told police, the older man “in a Hawaiian shirt hit the other man in the head and it sounded very loud, and that the man’s hat flew off his head.” The younger man claimed the punch knocked his glasses off as well.

The aggressor had left the Costco by the time the authorities arrived, but once he was tracked down by police, they say he didn’t deny the altercation. Instead, the older guy implied he was provoked, with the report stating his claim that he “hit the man’s hat off his head after the man got in his face and he felt that the man was going to hit him because the man was balling his fist.” 

According to the Columbia, South Carolina newspaper The State, a representative for the Greenville Police Department said no arrests have yet been made. Part of the issue is that the two seniors’ stories were deemed to be too inconsistent and, according to the incident report, “the witness did not have much to say.” Hey, everyone knows that snitches get stitches, and apparently both these old men are willing to throw down at any moment. Best to play it safe.

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