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Elderly man reportedly punched at Costco by excessive Nutella-sampling shopper


A 78-year-old man was punched in the face Sunday at the Burbank Costco after telling another shopper that he had taken too many Nutella samples.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A 78-year-old Costco shopper was punched in the face Sunday morning protecting the Nutella waffle sample cart from an excessive sample grabber.

Burbank resident Derrick Gharabighi, 24, had snagged several samples when the elderly shopper told him to take just one, said Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen.

That’s when Gharabighi reportedly punched the man in the face, leaving him to be hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his eye, Guillen said.

Gharabighi was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and is due in court this week.