LOS ANGELES – A man was charged Tuesday with punching a 78-year-old man who confronted him about taking too many Nutella waffles from a sample station at a Costco in Burbank, authorities said.
Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Gharabighi, 24, was at the Burbank location Sunday when he walked over to the sample cart, Los Angeles Times reported. As the elderly shopper reached out to grab one, Gharabighi snatched all the Nutella samples, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
“The victim told Mr. Gharabighi that he wanted a sample and he shouldn’t take so many,” Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.
Burbank resident Gharabighi then reportedly punched the man in the face, who was hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his left eye.
Gharabighi was arrested. He is being held on $50,000 bail, police said.
He faces one count of elder abuse and the special allegation that he inflicted great bodily harm on the elderly man, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
If convicted, Gharabighi faces up to 11 years in state prison.