California man charged with punching 78-year-old over free Nutella samples at Costco

BURBANK  (AP) – A 24-year-old man has been charged with elder abuse for allegedly punching a 78-year-old man over free Nutella waffle samples at a Los Angeles-area Costco store.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Derrick Gharabighi of Burbank was charged Tuesday.

They say on Sunday morning he was hoarding samples of the waffles at the Burbank Costco when the 78-year-old told him to take just one.

Prosecutors say Gharabighi then punched the older man in the face.

Police say the older man was hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his eye.

Gharabighi is expected to appear in court later this week. Information on an attorney who might provide comment for the defendant wasn’t immediately available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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