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Shopper having a ‘bad day’ chokes cashier for bagging his chips with cans, cops say

A Pennsylvania man was arrested in February for allegedly attacking a supermarket cashier for mishandling his groceries.

From The Smoking Gun, Bradley Bower, 55, will be arraigned Wednesday for simple assault in connection with a February 2 incident at Giant Foods supermarket in Cumberland. Police said Bower and his wife were shopping ahead of Super Bowl Sunday when he instructed the male cashier to not “throw his groceries around.”

“Bower stated that he had several bags of chips and that he didn’t want them to get all smashed up,” Fairfax Township police wrote in charging documents obtained by the York Dispatch. “Bower said the cashier put the bags of chips in with (canned) goods and he was smashing the chips that Bower was purchasing.”

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After paying for the groceries, Bower reportedly asked the cashier if he had a problem, to which the cashier responded, “Do you?” Bower said it was then when he put his hands around the cashier’s throat, according to the news outlet.

“Bower stated that he knew he was in the wrong. He said he was having a bad day and this issue with the chips just sent him over the edge,” law enforcement wrote.

According to The Smoking Gun, the cashier claimed Bower pushed him against a cash register and exclaimed, “You idiot!” Investigators claimed that store surveillance cameras caught the assault.

Police noted that the cashier had red marks on his neck and had difficulty clearing his throat, possibly because he was in pain. Despite this, the cashier reportedly refused medical treatment.

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[Featured image: Bradley Bower/Fairview Township police]