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Man arrested after punching cashier for refusing coupon for free ice cream

By Mason White 2:52 PM May 5, 2013
William Hotz 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A New York man was arrested after hitting a Carvel Ice Cream employee for refusing to accept his expired coupon.

William Hotz, 59 of Valley Stream, Long Island was arrested after he assaulted a woman over a $3.50 ice cream cone.

According to Nassau County police, Hotz went to a local ice cream shop, and asked for a $3.50 ice cream cone. After receiving his order, Hotz tried to pay with an expired coupon that offered “a free ice cream cone.”

When the cashier, 55-year-old Joan Zhou, told him that the coupon has expired and he would have to pay for his ice cream cone, Hotz became angry. He left the coupon with the employee, and left the store with the cone, without paying for it.

The cashier followed him outside, and asked him for payment. Hotz then turned around and punched her in the face.

When Nassau County police officers arrived, Hotz took a combative stance. He waved his arms and resisted arrest. Officers at the scene were waiting for backup before finally placing Hotz under arrest.

“I cannot understand why the woman would put herself in harm’s way and follow the man outside over $3.50. He was angry and irritated when he stormed out of the store. The man however, is silly for getting upset over an ice cream cone,” Betty Martin, 26, of Long Island, New York told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the nature of Hotz’s arrest.

Zhou received cuts and swelling on her lips, but she refused medical treatment. Hotz was booked into jail on charges of theft and resisting arrest.

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