Someone is breaking into your house. Do you prepare to defend yourself by reaching into the drawer for a knife? Or do you reach into the pantry for a box of Cheez-It crackers? The choice seems simple, but this story may make you reconsider your answer.
A recent domestic dispute with a box of Cheez-It crackers sent a woman to the hospital. According to Food Beast, Andy Gatz of Palm Bay, Florida, was upset that his wife went to an Earth Day concert. Unable to contain his anger, he began tossing Cheez-It crackers at her face. One of the fluorescent orange cheesy crackers went into the woman’s eye, causing an injury severe enough that she had to pay a visit to the hospital.
The husband was arrested on an assault charge and his mug shot appeared on a local news channel’s website. The 37-year-old man was charged with battery and a violation of an injunction preventing contact with his wife. According to police, Gatz claimed he only threw a cracker and not the box. He turned himself in to authorities, but not before running away. Gatz will appear in court on May 8. If he’s smart, he will not bring any Cheez-It crackers as snacks.
This is not the first time food has been used — successfully — to commit a crime:
Drive-Through Rage The fast-food drive-through lane seems to cause customer outrage fairly often. Perhaps it’s that the food is not all that fast? Simone Paolercio, also from Florida, lost it at her local McDonald’s when buying breakfast. When she became angry with an employee at the drive-through window, Paolercio took out her hash browns and began to pelt the poor employee. Paolercio’s entire meltdown was caught on tape and she was arrested for battery.
Murder with Butter Butter was the alleged weapon of choice for an Italian couple accused of murder in 2011. A Sicilian couple who were trying to subtract the woman’s ex-husband from the equation reportedly used butter to suffocate Calogero Lo Cocco. Of course they claimed it was all in self defense, but they were accused of murder once the autopsy revealed butter lodged in the victim’s throat.
Steak Attack! Frozen foods can be dangerous, especially frozen meats. A woman in Louisiana attacked her boyfriend after they argued about space in the freezer. Edna Verdin grabbed a frozen steak and smacked her boyfriend, Jerry Voisin, in the head. He was injured, but she was not held accountable for her actions.
These Pies are the Bomb Earlier this year, a man walked away from a bank with a stash of stolen cash after claiming he had a bomb in his McDonald’s bag. Daniel Hegwood walked into a Wells Fargo bank in Sacramento and told everyone he was going to blow up the place. After the teller complied with his demands, Hegwood walked out and left the bag behind. What was found inside? Two harmless McDonald’s apple pies.
If you were forced to defend yourself, what do you think would make a dangerous food weapon?