Pizza Paddle Comes in Handy


Getting the wrong toppings on a pizza can be frustrating but it’s nothing to lose your head over. A manic Maryland man allegedly assaulted a Papa John’s employee when he didn’t get what he wanted.

Herbert Harris purchased a pizza from a Papa John’s location in Woodbridge. He returned to the pizza joint to complain that garlic sauce and pepperoncinis were not added to the pizza.

The 40-year-old argued with employee Robert Klein about the missing toppings. According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, during the dispute, Harris went behind the counter and “began chasing Klein around the store, physically assaulting him with a metal pizza paddle.”

Obviously, when someone is chasing you with a pizza paddle, some type of self-defense might be needed. “Unable to escape the physical assault and in fear of his safety,” Klein “grabbed a pizza spear to defend himself from the attack and stabbed Harris in self-defense,” authorities said.

When police arrived, Harris was holding a t-shirt to the stab wound in his stomach. He was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Harris was charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.


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