PD: Clerk Arrested For Knocking Cap Off Child Who Repeatedly Called Him 'Fat'

Middletown Police say an ALDI supermarket cashier did so because he couldn't believe the boy's parents were allowing him to act so rudely.


On Aug. 21 at 7:44 p.m., police were called to Aldi supermarket on Washington Street for a disturbance. The complainant said she was in line waiting to be rung up, the report says, by cashier Jason Perry, 24, of Sunset Terrace, and her 4-year-old son called him a "fat guy" five times. Perry, the report says, flicked her son's baseball cap off his head and it fell into the carriage. Perry said the mother laughed after the child said it so he flicked the boy's hat off to show his parents how rude the child was being, the report details. Video confirmed the incident, police say.

Perry was arrested for disorderly conduct.

wyatt September 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Sometimes it seems there is no justice in the world. Twenty four year old Perry will have a record, the mother will sue Aldi and settle for 10K out of court, and the child, obviously growing up without any disipline and a less than competant parent, will rob a gas station when he's 16. And so it goes....
My Opinion September 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
This how pathetic our society has become with overly policing!
Observor September 01, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Patch would have done the community a great service by publishing the name of the kid's mother for all the world to see. Maybe the public humiliation would have had a positive affect on her parenting skills.
Karena Garrity September 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
This is so ridiculous, why wasn't the child arrested for poor manners and the mother for poor parentling. Now this poor guy will have this on his record for the rest of his life. Is this really fair?????
Stephanie September 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
so true... Common Patch, add it in please!
Micki Charton September 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Are you kidding? Arrested the guy for flicking the hat off the kid? Give me a break...
deb Kleckowski September 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I agree with the comments. No arrest was warrented. Manager should have been called and the family escorted out. It is sad that now this 24 year old , who was working hard trying to make a living will have a record. This is not justice but a shame.
Trish Finnegan September 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Absolutely ridiculous that the clerk was arrested! Disorderly conduct towards a hat??? The mother should be ashamed of herself for raising such a rude child!
lucy September 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
The mother a loser wants free money.my boy would never be bought up like that .what's her name see what she looks like I need a laugh
Cocomo Rock September 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
AMEN!!! Somebody should give Mister Perry a medal, not a jail record. Scandalous!
jane September 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Patch should do a poll- how many of us regret buying a home in town
Sam September 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I gree with the posters on this one. Why should a grown man have to tolerate insulting remarks from a four-year-old when his mother is standing by, silent except for her snickering. She is teaching her son how to (mis)treat people. That's how some bullies are created. Perry warrants an apology, not an arrest for the disorderly conduct of the CHILD!
Michael Arafeh September 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The system failed here. Perry should never have been arrested. The parents of the kid (and the kid) should be ashamed of themselves.
Morgan September 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Maybe Aldi just hires ignorant employees. I live near a store on the eastside of town in Erie Pa and a good friend of mine told me what her son experienced a few weeks ago at that store when he went into that store when visiting for a reunion. As a recent graduate he wanted ask how to apply for a District manager job and what the company was like to work for.He found the manager of the store Tom (that I USED to to say hi to a when I shop) he said to hi “we work hard and its great if you don’t mind working for a Lesbian,personally I find her repulsive since I found out cause it just aint right-god didn’t make us that way- shes the supervisor over my manager and makes the rules-aldi should get rid of that”.She said her son was so shock he left without an application and walked out.Aldi seems to promote rudness & discrimination against the gays based on this guys response and hire rude people like someone who would swipe the hat off a kids head.Her son wrote to the their headquarters but he still works there so they must think that behavior is ok. I wonder if that girl is safe or does she even know they say these things?Someone needs to review Aldi and the their practices and who they hire.If you think its ok to be like that about gay then how would you feel if he was talking about a black instead of gay?I am shocked at Aldi.Looks like its nationwide But that women needs to teach her kid some manners cause calling names makes kids intohaters when they grow up.
Kate Butcher September 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I've worked in retail for years. And while I agree that some people need their heads knocked, what Perry should have done was excuse himself, gone to get his manager, told the manager (in front of the woman and all other customers) that he is refusing to serve her, but that he would go back to his station after his manager had dealt with the woman and her bratty child. The woman is incredibly stupid....she's teaching her child that it's OK to bully. I think that social services need to be called in and shown the tape.
josh September 03, 2012 at 10:20 PM
That is a true and excellent response to this incident.
Observor September 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sounds to me like Tom was two steps below the lesbian on the totem pole, so he has no authority to do anything to her. How is ALDI responsible for his personal views? Do they even know he holds those views? Can you prove ALDI didn't know she was a lesbian when they hired her? If not, how can you accuse them of discrimination? They hired her, didn't they?
Observor September 05, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Amen. Knew someone who drove one of those little buses for special ed kids. One kid was obnoxious and rude to everyone. Other drivers feared him as he constantly threatened to report them for being bad to him. He tried his act with my acquaintance who turned the bus around, took him back to the school and told the principal that she wasn't taking him anywhere until he learned some respect. Kid promptly got his wagon fixed and there after he was Mr. Politeness. Kate is so right. The manager should have been called and should have backed up his employee. There is no right to be served in any store.
Morgan September 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Observer-You seemed to have missed my point-This isnt a Lesbian issue or who is where on a totem pole-Its about an event I shared. Aldi was informed of by letter. Its about hiring angry hateful people. The possiblities of hate crimes and a companies obligation to protect its employess. I agree that the mother is the the jerk and the clerk should not have been arrested. No one has the right to touch anyone. But your right where was the manager to stick up for him and diffuse the situation? Aldi didnt protect him just like aldi more than likely is ignoring the issue that I spoke of in Erie. How can you hire good people if you allow them to spew hate? I just think they need to get there priorities straight. The police need to be chasinging drug dealers and bad guys and using our tax dollars for the good of all.


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