Man throws burger at clerk

Sunday, December 12, 2004

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- It may be the first documented case of multitasking rage.

Police say Tony Carr got angry with a clerk last month because he wanted to pay for his burger while it was microwaving it at a convenience store.

But the clerk, Scott Litzenberger, told Carr he had to bring the burger to the counter 15 feet away to pay for it, police said.

After a sharp exchange of words, investigators say, Carr walked back to the microwave, removed the steaming burger and walked back to Litzenberger.

The two apparently exchanged a few brief words again, and Carr shoved the steaming patty into the clerk's face, burning his face and eye, police Sgt. Anthony Triano said.

Carr, 37, of Berwick, Maine, turned himself in. He was charged with simple assault and criminal mischief. "That time of night, you tend to get people who are belligerent. They want things they can't have and we just try and do our job," said Bill Rollo, another clerk at the store.

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