What started off as a complaint over two measly slices of pizza turned into a nasty altercation that left an older black couple with a head injury, and an eye injury. Oh yeah, it also left them with the feeling that the attack put on them by two pizzeria employees in Long Island was just a form of payback for the re-election of President Obama. I guess you might think that too if someone says, “N***a, this is for Obama.”
According to the New York CBS Affiliate, Willie and Alfie Marshall claim they went into their local pizzeria, Paesano II Pizza, to get some food. When the slices of pizza they received from employees just so happened to be stuck to the bag they were given to them in, the couple says they asked the employees if they could refund them their money or replace the pizzas. They allegedly refused to, and employees Frank and Michael Meringolo, brothers, cursed up a storm at them. As Willie Marshall’s story goes, when he turned to leave with his wife, one of the brothers threw a salt and pepper shaker at them, and his wife, Alfie, was hit. After that, all hell broke loose and the drama escalated. In the end, Willie Marshall was left with an eye injury, and there are pictures to show Alfie’s very graphic and bloody head injury, which left blood on her shirt and shoes. Though the Meringolo brothers and their attorney deny that the fight had anything to do with President Obama and that it was a bias or racist attack, they were charged with misdemeanor assault.
“He used the ‘N’ word. He said [expletive] this is for Obama,” says Willie Marshall about the incident. But according to the Meringolo brothers’ lawyer, Richard Toscani, Willie Marshall was the aggressor. According to CBS News, Toscani says, “The allegation by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall that the incident on Nov. 24 was quote a racial attack or an Obama backlash is completely untrue.” The brothers claim that Marshall threw a jar of Parmesan cheese at them, and the reason for Alfie Marshall’s injury is because her husband ran and bumped her into the door on the way out. They say that they didn’t hurl racial slurs at anyone.
Marshall does admit acting a fool, but he says he only went off after he saw that his wife had been injured by the employees. But he says he didn’t lay hands on anybody– though he did kick around some chairs in anger. “As I was going out the door, there were some chairs standing there, and quite naturally, when I saw the blood I got very angry and I kicked the chairs.” Either way though, we still don’t know how Alfie obtained her injuries, but we do know that there was a much better way to handle this whole situation. The couple is thinking they might file a lawsuit, and according to CBS News, the crime has been upped to a “bias crime” by the district attorney.
The churchgoing couple also plan to hold a peaceful protest with members of their church, Joshua Baptist Cathedral, at the Paesano II Pizza this week. And though Willie Marshall was at the forefront of criticisms of the restaurant when it came to talking to the media, his wife did have some things she wanted to say as well, and instead of placing blame or appearing very angry, she just seemed very sad about the whole scenario: “We don’t deserve this, and nobody else deserves this either.” Check out video about this story from CBS News here.
Do you think they will file a lawsuit? Should they?
Photo courtesy of CBS 2 in NY.