A 52-year-old Middletown man, apparently irked by being called "honey" by a convenience store clerk, punched her in the face, according to Newington Police.
On Monday at 5:20 p.m., Newington Police were called to 7-Eleven at 337 Willard Ave., after a 911 caller reported an assault, according to the police report.
The clerk told police officers a customer, David Wright, 52, of Burgundy Hill Road, Middletown, "questioned the cost of items and when she told him the price she called him, ‘honey,’" police say.
Wright allegedly told the clerk if she called him honey again, he would punch her in the face, the report says. The extent of the clerk's injuries are unknown.
"After the clerk questioned the customer’s intentions," police say, Wright reached over the counter and punched her in the face. It's unclear if she used the word "honey" a second time.
Another customer stepped forward in the clerk's defense, police say, and pushed Wright out the door.
Newington police had the description of his car and a partial license plate, the report says, and, with help from Middletown Police, found Wright.
Wright was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault. He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Court on Aug. 13.