Some people have (alleged) anger issues, but one Tennessee man takes first place for not being able to control his emotions. James Davis Wilson was convicted of assault Tuesday (Aug. 21), for punching a McDonald's employee for giving him a sundae with hot fudge at the bottom, back in February of 2010.
Wilson is facing up to a year in prison.
During his trial, held at the Knox County Criminal Court earlier in the week, Wilson explained exactly what set him off. “The food appeared to be right, but the dessert, it had chocolate on the bottom,” he told the jury. “The hot fudge should be on top. It freezes up when you get fudge on the bottom of it. I asked them to redo it.”
Of course, Brad Skelton, the assistant manager of the fast food joint, refused to do so. Skelton said that Wilson was looking to be charged for an item that was 10 cents cheaper than his sundae.
Upset at not getting his way, Wilson walked towards the door at which point Skelton followed him to “make sure he actually [left].” In return Wilson greeted Skelton— a White man whom he claims used a racial slur—with a punch to the face. “I took more steps out the door, and he hit me in the face,” recalled Skelton.
When Wilson explained the story to the jury, claiming that his act was a self-defense, he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault, and disorderly conduct, and fined $1,050. Aside from finding him guilty, the court responded to his story with the rhetorical question: “Are you insane?”
Wilson will be sentenced September 27. He faces 364 days in jail, and all because of a $1 sundae.
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