Subway sandwich thrown, food preparer hit, 'upset' would-be customer arrested for battery

Subway sandwich thrown, food preparer hit, ‘upset’ would-be customer arrested for battery

(As originally published, Wed, January 10th 2024)

STUART, Fla. (TND) — A sandwich situation at a Subway restaurant in Florida landed a would-be customer behind bars.

Martin County sheriff’s deputies were called to “a disturbance” at the restaurant in Stuart, Tuesday evening.

The arrest report said the victim “provided food services to a customer [who] became upset with her after finding out his sandwich was not separated.”

There was a “brief verbal exchange” between the worker and Alberto de Barros; then, he “began causing a disruptive scene” and the worker “informed Mr. de Barros she would no longer be serving him.”

According to the arrest report, he made a phone call

and, “In the midst of Mr. de Barros’ phone call and disruptive behavior, the sandwich was thrown at” the worker.

She “described being hit in her mid- to lower-body section by the sandwich.”

After that, he left and she followed with her phone, recording his “demeanor” and his license plate.

Then, she called deputies and her manager.

A short time later, at his home,

the arrest report said he “admitted his involvement in the encounter but believed he threw the sandwich at the counter instead of [the victim].

Subway sandwich thrown, food preparer hit, 'upset' would-be customer arrested for battery
Alberto de Barros was charged with battery and taken to jail, Jan. 9, 2024. (Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office; Background: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

“Mr. de Barros was upset over his sandwich not being cut and advised he called the store manager in response to the service he received, attempting to resolve the issue.”

But in the end, it was the video.

The deputy watched “surveillance footage” and saw de Barros “swipe the sandwich off the counter which subsequently strikes” the victim.

The 54-year-old was charged with battery and taken to jail. He was later released in lieu of $1,000 bond.

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