Don’t Get Between Me and My Coffee!

by admin on February 3, 2010

A few years ago, my husband was in the drive-through at a coffee place, waiting in line. When he got up to the window and got his coffee, the lady handed him his change and he dropped it.

As he said, if it had just been a few quarters or something he wouldn’t have cared, but he had paid with a ten-dollar bill so there were one and two dollar coins in the change. Not being overly rich, he got out of the car to pick it all up.

Apparently this was very inconsiderate of him, because the man behind him flew out of his vehicle in a rage, and proceeded to attack my husband and punch him as he was bent over picking up his change. After the guy landed a few punches, my husband managed to escape back into his car and lock himself in, the other guy still screaming and pounding on the windshield and driver’s window. He was right up against my husband’s car so he couldn’t proceed out of the drive-through. Finally the idiot got back into his own vehicle, still yelling and honking his horn.

This may be a worth a spot in etiquette hell as well, but my husband was so enraged by the immature behavior of the other man that he refused to move. This meant that the whole drive-through line was being held up, during morning commuting time when everyone and his dog stops at this popular Canadian coffee chain on the way to work. After a few minutes the manager came out to see what was happening. My husband told him, “I’m not moving until you get that *hole’s license number and call the police on him for assaulting and threatening me.” He then handed the manager his card with his own name and number on it. The manager agreed to do so, my husband got out of the lineup and everyone went on with their day.

The police contacted him later and let him know that they didn’t press any charges, but they did give the guy a good talking to. If there is a moral of the story, I guess it is that you shouldn’t try to get between a man and his morning coffee.   1128-08

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Amanda February 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I don’t really understand this. Isn’t it up to your husband whether or not charges are pressed? The police wouldn’t just give him a “talking-to” for assault. Wouldn’t the police want to talk to your husband before doing anything? Weren’t there witnesses to this? I’m surprised nobody else called the police. Wouldn’t the employee be trying to get your husband to move before the manager came into the picture? Why wouldn’t the employee call the police when told what had happened? I’m assuming your husband was still sitting at the window.
Sorry, but this just makes no sense to me. Maybe a lack of information in the story?

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Annie February 4, 2010 at 5:16 am

I don’t understand this either. Is there information missing from the original story? Surely the attendant at the drive through was a witness to the whole incident and woudl be able to verify the assualt actually happened. Weird.

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Namari February 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

It doesn’t make sense to me, either.

I will say, though, as a person who worked for a year at a US coffee chain, that people get seriously crazy about getting their coffee in the morning. I was often screamed at and berated. Never attacked, though!

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Harry February 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

This story makes no sense. If your husband was assaulted, then charges would have been laid. You cannot punch someone and just walk away. If this did happen, your husband should be filing a lawsuit.

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songbird February 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Sometimes in a simple assault case the police won’t press charges if they didn’t see the crime committed and there’s a lack of evidence from other witnesses. The prosecutor won’t take on a case without evidence to support the charges.

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Leah March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

In some states, the DA decides whether or not to press charges. And after working in a fast food restaurant, I fully believe that people would act this way!

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Mary March 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Legal: This is Canadian – there is no DA, and it is up to the Crown and the police, not the victim, whether or not to press charges. Personal lawsuits are also more difficult to pursue in Canada than the States.

Etiquette: I believe the story. A similar scenario happened a week or two ago here. People go nuts for their coffee from this chain. The attacker went way beyond rude!

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Angie September 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I am the person who posted the story and just found this now. Yes, there were witnesses, but it is true that in Canada the “victim” isn’t the one who presses charges. The police make the decision. But they did visit the guy and give him a talking to, which will be on record with them, so if he ever pulls anything like this again he likely would be charged. What Mary says is true. Personal injury lawsuits are not as common in Canada and you’d have to prove that an injury occurred.

My husband wasn’t actually injured other than his pride. The guy came up and landed a few ineffectual punches, it’s not like he beat him to a pulp or anything.

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CuAllaidh November 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

I too believe this story and have seen similar things occur. And as Mary stated in Canada it is entirely up to the police to lay the charges the victim does not get much say in that.

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