Dad says sorry for Chiko roll rage
JEFFERY Bruce Clarke is sorry – and not only because he had to pay $1200 for a Chiko roll.
The Sunshine Coast father yesterday told the Daily he wished he had never returned to a takeaway store to pick up the Chiko roll that was left out of his order.
While at the shop he lost his temper and attacked the “smart alec” teenager who had served him.
Clarke, 45, had planned a typical dinner with his wife and three children when he ordered from Mountain Creek Seafoods.
He was outraged when he realised the 17-year-old who served him had forgotten the Chiko roll. He stormed back to the shop.
The IT engineer yesterday pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to two charges.
He had been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.
Clarke said he “snapped” after the teenager provoked him.
The court heard Clarke was almost out the door when the teenager called out, “Why don't you check the order before you leave, idiot?”
“I just lost it,” Clarke told the Daily. “I basically lost it and was on a beeline for him, to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him he was a smart alec.”
The court was told Clarke stormed behind the counter, grabbed the boy under his arms and pushed him through a rear screen door.
In the back alleyway Clarke was accused of pinning the teen against a fence and punching him to the torso multiple times.
Clarke said he did not throw any punches but pleaded guilty to the charge because he wanted the matter to be over. He said he was frustrated when the teenager provoked him instead of apologising for making a mistake with the order.
“That's what got to me, that this young bloke could say whatever he wanted to me and I've just got to walk away and leave it,” Clarke said. “My intention was never to go in there and punch his lights out, just to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him to man-up.”
Magistrate John Hodgins said it was not acceptable for Clarke to have gone behind the counter.
“Why you're getting involved in this sort of nonsense escapes me,” Mr Hodgins said.
“Even if the young fella was obnoxious, as you say, it doesn't give you a right to go behind the counter and take him out the back and sort him out.
“You're not his disciplinarian.
“You lost the plot here, well and truly.”
Clarke said he wished he had never returned to the shop for the Chiko Roll.
“They're not even that good for you anyway, so it would have been better if I had stayed at home and had a piece of vegemite on toast,” Clarke said.