A Hopatcong man was charged with harassment and criminal mischief after police said he allegedly yelled at Joey's Pizza customers, dumped salt and pepper on a table, threw napkins and flushed a men's room toilet more than 20 times all after vulgarly asking a waitress on a date.
Twenty-four-year-old Mohamed Chaudhary was charged with criminal mischief, harassment, shoplifting and disorderly conduct.
Officers responded to Joey's Pizza, in the Rite Aid plaza, after Chaudhary had left the store, according to a release prepared by Lt. Thomas Kmetz. Employees of the pizzeria told police that Chaudhary was being vulgar while asking a waitress repeatedly to go on a date with him and even yelled at other customers and cursed about the restaurant's food, Kmetz said.
Chaudhary also allegedly yelled at another employee who asked him to stop hitting on the waitress, dumped salt and pepper all over the table and floors and threw napkins in the restaurant. He then allegedly went into the men's restroom and clogged a toilet with toilet paper after flushing the toilet more than 20 times.
Chaudhary was found by police inside Rite Aid with a lip balm and allegedly put the lip balm in his pocket. When an officer approached him inside the store, Chaudhary allegedly put the lip balm back from where it was taken.
Chaudhary was arrested and transported to the Hopatcong police station. He was later released and told by police not to enter Joey's Pizza. If he does return, Kmetz said, he will be charged with trespassing.
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