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Two People Arrested After Getting Into All-Out Brawl At Alabama Buffet Over Crab Legs

Huntsville Police

Two combative patrons at a buffet demonstrated that nothing should come between people with a serious hankering for crab legs.

Diners at the Meteor Buffet located in Huntsville, Alabama got a dinner and a show after the establishment became the scene of a smackdown involving metal tongs.

The melee began when the restaurant’s staff member replenished the heated trays full of the scrumptiously buttered crustacean limbs in front of the anxious patrons.

Better get ’em while you can. Crag legs at this place are hot commodity, but is it worth getting arrested for?

Apparently so:

Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson was already at the scene as a customer when he witnessed John Chapman and Chequita Jenkins – who was there with her kids – going at it, fencing each other off so they may stock up on the precious delicacy before it ran out.

Johnson described Friday night’s brawl to WHNT News.

“Literally, as I sat down and maybe took two bites out of my plate.”

“It’s not something you typically hear, if you can imagine a fencing match,” he said of the sonic intrusion encroaching on his solo feast.

“Everyone was saying, ‘They cut me in line. She cut me in line. He cut me in line. I was here first.'”

For some, this is very relatable:

A line of hangry diners had already formed waiting for the good stuff. Nevermind the other Asian food offerings like steamed buns, sushi, and hibachi that Meteor Buffet is known for. No, these crabby people were there for the king crab legs, come hell or high water.

“They’d been waiting there for the crab legs for a good 10, 20 minutes. When they finally came out, it’s very heated. Especially if someone is taking more than their fair share.”

Police arrested both assailants. Chapman, who suffered an abrasion on his head, is facing disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in court on March 21. Jenkins was not injured in the jousting match and is charged with third-degree assault.

Both could wind up paying hundreds of dollars in fines, well above the buffet’s $10.58 per plate price point.

Rare indicated just how popular crab legs are as they were the subject of an altercation at another buffet restaurant.

The battle for crab legs at the Royal Buffet in Manchester, Connecticut, in April 2016 resulted in a cut lip, chipped tooth, and the use of pepper spray.

Meteor Buffet just got a huge endorsement for their scrumptuous specialty, and it’s just a matter of time we see a slogan of this nature: “With crab legs so delicious, they’re worth fighting for!”

Just bring your appetite and provide your own suit of armor for protection.


Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1