Alleged Trespasser Takes 75 Chopsticks from Madison Restaurant

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 12:17 p.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Trespassing Complaint

Incident Date: 02/05/2013 - 8:20 PM

Address: 2 S. Mills St. (Hong Kong Cafe)

Arrested: Male, age 60, Madison
Suspect was cited for Unlawful Trespass.

Details: None were being held between the thumb and fingers of his dominant hand. He was using it to eat, but kept the newly acquired tapered sticks – and there were many - in his right pant leg.

The hungry 60-year old was inside the Park St. McDonalds on the evening of February 5th, and an officer was asking him why he thought police would be contacting him. Through slurred speech, he professed to have no knowledge as to why this situation would arise. The officer asked the diner if he had any weapons, and if it would be okay for the officer to search him. The man said he had no weapons and that a search would be okay. That was when the chopsticks, and there were approximately 75 of them, were recovered from his trousers.

He admitted he had gotten the eating utensils from across the street, at the Hong Kong Café, where he had just been.

The officer told him that it actually was the man’s visit to the other restaurant that prompted the call to police.

The owner of Hong Kong Café wanted him arrested for trespass. The restaurateur had asked the suspect numerous times to leave, as he was just hanging out and not eating. Evidently the suspect eventually responded by sitting down on the dining room floor, in the middle of the restaurant. He stayed there for quite a while and was quoted as saying: “Why are you hating on me?” When police were called he walked across the street. Hong Kong Café wants him banned from ever coming in again.

At the time the owner called police, he was seemingly unaware of the chopstick heist.

The 60-year old was cited and released for unlawful trespass.


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