Line-cutting is a serious societal offense, right up there with hogging all the good bread in the bread basket and taking more than 10 minutes at the ATM. But one brave soul who tried to stand up for queue justice at a Staten Island deli got a little more than he bargained for last month, when a customer who cut him in line slashed him in the face after he protested.
According to a statement sent out by the NYPD yesterday, the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. on January 11th, at the Diamond Deli in Stapleton. Authorities say the 24-year-old victim was waiting "in" line at the deli counter, when a man in his 30s entered the deli and cut in front of him.
The victim wasn't about to stand for this kind of barbarity, and the two got into an argument. Unfortunately the suspect turned out to be even more uncivilized than the average irritating line-cutter, and allegedly slashed him in the face with a sharp object.
The suspect fled the deli in a white vehicle and the victim was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, according to authorities. The NYPD is still searching for the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 5'10 and bald; anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.