A 40-year-old man, accused of “breathing on fresh produce” in a grocery store in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday evening, refused to leave when asked to by store staff, so an employee escorted him to the door, according to police.
That’s when the man allegedly “flicked” the employee in the face while yelling racial slurs at him.
The incident occurred in a Safeway store at 7:05pm.
The 22-year-old employee tried to run away from the man, who was believed to be intoxicated.
But the man allegedly chased the employee until store staff and customers came to the employee’s defence.
Eugene police arrived soon after and arrested John William Tarry on charges of harassment, disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.
He also had a warrant for his arrest from Eugene Municipal Court for failing to appear on an open container charge. Tarry was booked into the Lane County Jail.