May 25, 2009
St. Petersburg, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Police have banned mayoral candidate Paul Congemi from a St. Petersburg KFC after they say he ruffled a few feathers at the restaurant over an eight-piece meal.
According to police Congemi reportedly ordered a meal at the restaurant and waited on his order. When the store manager informed him his eight-piece meal was ready, he responded by yelling "that's not my (expletive) meal!"
Witnesses told police Congemi proceeded to yell obscenities at several employees, refusing to leave. When an employee laughed at Congemi's alleged conduct, that's when police say feathers began flying.
When officers arrived and tried to persuade Congemi to talk to them outside the store, he reportedly told one officer "I don't like you, you gave me a ticket."
When an officer attempted to direct Congemi toward the door, he reportedly rebuked the officer, stating "Don't touch me, I am running for mayor and once I get elected, you will be fired."
Then officers asked Congemi to sit in the patrol car while they completed a trespass warning - a request that was met with more abusive language toward the officers.
"I'm not sitting in the car," Conglemi reportedly shouted. "I am not a (expletive) criminal."
After refusing to sign the ticket, Conglemi handed them campaign literature, according to the arrest report.
According to local reports, Conglemi's version of the story was a bit different. He reportedly explained that the assistant manager told him he had to order or leave the restaurant.
"I didn't like the attitude," Conglemi is reported to have stated. "I wasn't in a good mood that day and before you know it, they called police."
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Yes, Paul....... When a store manager encounters a screaming lunatic in his restaurant who refuses to be reasonably civil, the only choice you have is to ask him to leave or have police frogmarch him from the premises. Believe it or not, there are other customers in the restaurant who aren't interested in what kind of mood you're in.
Looks to us like the St. Petersburg mayoral race just narrowed a bit. Happy campaigning, Paul.
The Weekly Vice
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