Faxed Complaints About NJ Deli Food Yields Criminal Charge


In New Jersey, a profanity-laced fax complaining about food at a deli can result in a criminal harassment charge, says the Newark Star Ledger. When two teens thought their sandwiches from a delicatessen had spoiled turkey, their complaints won them a partial but they faxed a complaint — admittedly rudely worded — from the office where they worked. Their boss, Robin Habacht, received a summons charging her with harassment. The manager of a place called the Deli Stop received four faxes, some laced with expletives, about a honey turkey wrap and a turkey and cheese on white bread. He called the police after one fax had the words “They suck!” scrawled across the top.

Habacht, 42, must appear in municipal court next month on the disorderly persons complaint. “It’s outrageous to me that this has gotten this far,” Habacht said yesterday. “To the point where criminal charges are pressed against someone for sending a deli an opinion that their food is bad — I think even Russia is past this.” The deli owner said he had called Habacht to say, ” ‘We’re not in high school. Can we stop with the faxes?'” “She said to me, ‘What are you gonna do, call the police and have me arrested?'”

Link: http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1188367132220300.xml&coll=1

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