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Man, 77, Arrested for Assault in Walmart Checkout Rage

| by Michael Allen

William Golladay, 77, allegedly assaulted John Malherbe, 67, with his shopping cart because Malherbe was trying to purchase 22 items in a 20-items-or-less check out line in a Punta Gorda, Fla. Walmart.

Malherbe, who is disabled, was seated in an electric shopping cart when he was placing his purchases on the checkout counter while Golladay counted the items on Jan. 14.

According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report, “When the count exceeded 20, Golladay (pictured) began yelling at him that he had too many items and told him he couldn’t use that register.”

The two seniors yelled at each other, then Golladay went back to his own cart. However, moments later, Golladay got in Malherbe's face and berated him again, notes The Smoking Gun.

“Golladay then intentionally pushed the metal shopping cart into Malherbe’s right elbow causing pain,” says the report.

Walmart managers walked Golladay out of the store, but he returned with both fists raised, reports NBC Miami.

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Store workers again escorted Golladay outside, where he was interviewed by a deputy, who said Golladay was “uncooperative and was ranting about how the man in front of him was in the 20 item express lane attempting to purchase over 20 items."

Malherbe said he was experiencing some pain, but refused medical treatment.

Golladay was charged with felony battery on a person 65 years or older. He was released after posting $2500 bond and is due in court on February 10.

Sources: NBC Miami and The Smoking Gun