Free Nutella Sample Causes Man to Punch Another

By On September 22, 2015

Burbank may be known for a lot of things, but now you can add the ” Nutella Waffle Incident” to the hallowed crimes in the Media City.

On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at about 10:50 am, Burbank Police Officers were dispatched to the Burbank Costco, 1051 West Burbank Boulevard, regarding a fight in progress.

When they arrived, officers found a 78 year-old man who had suffered a significant laceration above his left eye and swelling around the same area of his face.  The elderly man and witnesses told officers he was reaching for a Nutella waffle at a sample table when another man, identified as Derrick Gharabighi; a 24 year-old Burbank resident, took multiple samples off the table.

The elderly victim told Mr. Gharabighi that he wanted a sample and he shouldn’t take so many.  Mr. Gharabighi then struck the victim on the face, causing the described injuries. There was no report if Gharabighi reached for more samples after the punch.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by Burbank Fire Department Paramedics, where he was treated and released.

Mr. Gharabighi was booked into the Burbank City Jail on $50,000 bond.  He remains in-custody. Police did not say if Gharabighi would be served any Nutella for his jail meal dessert.

Earlier today, September 22, 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed felony elder abuse [368(b)(1) PC] and personal infliction of great bodily injury against a person over 70 years of age [12022.7(c) PC] against Mr. Gharabighi.  He was due to be arraigned this morning in the Burbank Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

There is no video footage of the incident available.

The Burbank Police Department does not release booking photos of suspects and there is no truth to the rumor that the suspect had Nutella all around his mouth like a three year-old.