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Food fight leaves suspect in a pickle

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Clark Kendall
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A North Vernon resident threw a bag of food at a fast-food restaurant clerk Monday night and is reported to have then thrown a punch at the clerk because the restaurant failed to provide the right sandwich.

Call it an Unhappy Meal.

Kendall D. Clark, 49, of North Vernon, was arrested on charges of battery, a Class A misdemeanor, after the Columbus Police Department received a call about a fight at the McDonald’s on National Road.

Clark had placed a takeout order, but the restaurant made an error with the sandwich, based on statements to police. Clark became angry when the restaurant offered to replace just the sandwich rather than the whole order, said Matt Myers, spokesman for CPD.

Clark threw the sack of food at the employee’s head and left the store, Myers said. When store employees followed him to jot down his license plate number, Clark got into a fight with the clerk, Myers said.

Bystanders stopped the fight, but when police arrived at the restaurant shortly

after 7 p.m., Clark still stood in the parking lot with his fists clenched while loudly expressing his displeasure.

After talking to the involved parties and bystanders, Patrolman LaShawn Tyler arrested Clark.

The victim had signs of injury to his face, Myers said, but refused medical treatment.

Myers said it helps police if crime victims can provide a good description of the perpetrator or jot down a license plate number, but police do not want victims or other witnesses to put themselves in obvious danger.

Clark was booked into Bartholomew County Jail and released at 9:27 p.m. after posting $505 bond, an amount that could have instead purchased 144 Big Macs.

Myers urged consumers to be respectful, especially during the stressful holiday season.

If a food order is wrong, customers should request that the error be corrected and, if the clerk does not comply, ask to be allowed to speak to a manager to resolve the issue.

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