Hungry buffet patrons fight over crab legs, man gets hit in head with tongs during seafood scuffle: Police

A disagreement over crab legs at an Alabama buffet reportedly led to a brawl that resulted in the arrests of two patrons.

Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson was reportedly at Meteor Buffet Friday night. He told WHNT that he was sitting down eating when patrons were in the food line when a fight broke out. Johnson recalled seeing a woman “beating a man” as people shuffled to get away and plates shattered around them.

“It’s not something you typically hear, if you can imagine a fencing match,” Johnson said, describing the two customers—John Chapman and Chequita Jenkins—fighting one another with tongs.

Johnson told WHNT that patrons were arguing about line cutters as they waited 10-20 minutes for crab legs. Tempers rose once the crab legs came as people were taking generous portions for themselves, he said.

The officer also claimed that he spoke with Chapman and Jenkins, who both admitted they’d overreacted.

Chapman reportedly suffered a cut to his head and was charged with disorderly conduct. Jenkins, who was at the buffet with her children and wasn’t injured, was charged with third-degree assault, according to the news station.

Chapman is scheduled to appear in court on March 21.

[Featured Image: Chequita Jenkins, John Chapman/Huntsville police]