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Flying Tomatoes, Meatballs: 6 Arrested In Olive Garden Fight
The Denver Channel ^ | September 9, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 09/09/2005 8:20:01 AM PDT by Millee

Talk about your tossed salad and flying meatballs.

A night out at a local Olive Garden Restaurant landed six people in jail after two families who've had a long-standing beef with one another brawled inside the restaurant.

Valerie Baca, Lawerence Bettale Jr., Rene Bettale, Lawrence Bettale Sr. and two teens were arrested after an off-duty police officer used a Taser gun to control the fight.

Westminster police said two families who've been feuding were seated near one another Wednesday night and it came to a boiling point when one of the families was leaving and made a snide remark or gesture to the other family.

Police say bottles were broken, furniture was thrown, food was flying.

An off-duty police officer had just walked out of the door when the fight broke out so a person ran out to get him, said Stephanie Topkoff with Westminster Police Department.

The officer tried to tame the fighting families and eventually had to use his Taser gun, Topkoff said.

The group now faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: endlesspasta; foodfight; hospitaliano; olivegarden; poorwhitetrash; trailerparkpeople
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Sheesh, not even safe at an Olive Garden!
1 posted on 09/09/2005 8:20:07 AM PDT by Millee
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To: Millee

They might be Rednecks.


2 posted on 09/09/2005 8:21:23 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Millee

Olive Garden--When You're Here, You're Family!!
Even the Hatfields and McCoys


3 posted on 09/09/2005 8:23:06 AM PDT by minerboy (Proud member of the vast right-wing conspiracy.)
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To: Millee

Fettucini's afraid. Oh!


4 posted on 09/09/2005 8:23:46 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: GaltMeister

You might be a Redneck if you throw food in an Olive garden if you've never eaten there before. If you've eaten there before your more likely a food critic from Bon Apetite Magazine.


5 posted on 09/09/2005 8:23:55 AM PDT by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: Millee

Do you think there might have been alcohol involved?


6 posted on 09/09/2005 8:24:24 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Millee

The poor chef's creations weren't even appreciated. Bah!


7 posted on 09/09/2005 8:24:41 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Millee

Plenty of mob hits in Italian restaurants. I guess pasta just incites violence.


8 posted on 09/09/2005 8:24:45 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Millee

Was Frank the Tank from 'Old School' involved in this??


9 posted on 09/09/2005 8:25:27 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: Millee

It's a vendetta! At least they only threw spaghetti.


10 posted on 09/09/2005 8:25:41 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: hflynn
They probably looked something like this:


11 posted on 09/09/2005 8:25:51 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Millee

All the salads and breadsticks you can throw.


12 posted on 09/09/2005 8:26:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Millee

Another example of class-less people, who do not know how to handle what they say or do in public. Nancy, Henry, and Howard are the leaders of that type of class-less actions.


13 posted on 09/09/2005 8:26:39 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: Millee

Everybody's thinking it, I'm just saying it: Flying Spaghetti Monster.


14 posted on 09/09/2005 8:27:50 AM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Millee

Clearly an inter-denominational dispute during a Flying Spaghetti Monster ritual.


15 posted on 09/09/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT by Coyoteman (Is this a good tagline?)
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To: Millee

"FOOD FIGHT!!!"

16 posted on 09/09/2005 8:28:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Millee

Anybody ever seen one of their meatballs? They weigh about a pound and a half. Size of a baseball. They would break your neck if you got hit in the head with one.


17 posted on 09/09/2005 8:28:53 AM PDT by caddie
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To: GaltMeister

Nah. You might be a Redneck if your house has 3 flat tires. All I see here is her spare tire but the house looks straight, straighter than the groom.


18 posted on 09/09/2005 8:29:17 AM PDT by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: Millee

What the hell were they fighting over---who wanted the last meatball. I thought everyone was family at Olive Garden? LOL


19 posted on 09/09/2005 8:31:17 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (confirm Roberts NOW)
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To: Millee

I've seen them advertising their 'Never-ending Pasta Bowl' recently -- or as I call it, 'Pasta Til Ya Puke.'


20 posted on 09/09/2005 8:31:17 AM PDT by Sloth (Archaeologists test for intelligent design all the time.)
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To: Millee

Damn! We never have that kind of entertainment at our Olive Garden.


21 posted on 09/09/2005 8:33:09 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Millee
When the man hits your eye with a big pizza pie, that's amore.
22 posted on 09/09/2005 8:33:48 AM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: Millee

So...who got their salad tossed...?


23 posted on 09/09/2005 8:36:06 AM PDT by Gefreiter ("Are you drinking 1% because you think you're fat?")
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To: Rocky
When the man hits your eye with a big pizza pie, that's amore.

I'd take that over a meatball upside the head any day!

24 posted on 09/09/2005 8:36:32 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Rocky

LOL! Good one!


25 posted on 09/09/2005 8:39:05 AM PDT by Millee (Earth First! We'll log the other planets later!)
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To: Millee

That's pretty lousy Italian food. Might have set them on edge.


26 posted on 09/09/2005 8:39:41 AM PDT by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: GaltMeister
I'd take that over a meatball upside the head any day!

You're probably right. A big meatball hitting your head at high speed could break your noodle.

27 posted on 09/09/2005 8:39:55 AM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: Millee

I could understand if they were fighting over the breadsticks. Mighty tasty little buggers.


28 posted on 09/09/2005 8:45:40 AM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: Millee

Prolly the lousy food that did it.


29 posted on 09/09/2005 8:47:09 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Was this in the Superdome or Astrodome?
30 posted on 09/09/2005 8:49:28 AM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: atomicpossum

31 posted on 09/09/2005 8:55:16 AM PDT by Ulysses ("Most of us go through life thinking we're Superman. Superman goes through life being Clark Kent!")
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To: Millee

Safe? From what? A food fight?

"When you're here, you're family" -- The Olive Garden.
"Uh-oh... Someone's gonna get grounded!" -- Me.


32 posted on 09/09/2005 8:58:32 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Millee
Your mothers a zygote!
33 posted on 09/09/2005 9:00:32 AM PDT by SGCOS ( wonder what it's like to move at 5 miles per second with just foot stirrups.)
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To: Millee

were arrested after an off-duty police officer used a Taser gun to control the fight.


34 posted on 09/09/2005 9:01:44 AM PDT by kenth (north Georgia mountains - prayers for all our neighbors in the gulf coast.)
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To: Millee
... two families who've had a long-standing beef with one another ...

Which makes one wonder why not fight insde Sizzlin' Sirloin.

35 posted on 09/09/2005 9:04:48 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Millee

Mafia!!!!


36 posted on 09/09/2005 9:06:55 AM PDT by meyer (Eastern Tennessee)
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To: Millee

Closest thing I ever saw to this was at a shopping mall food court. Some teenagers started throwing food at each other and the mall cops started swarming. I could hear over the walkie-talkies "Disturbance at the Orange Julius." The funny thing was that the mall cops were younger than the kids throwing the food!


37 posted on 09/09/2005 9:23:40 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (Mid-life crisis in progress...)
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To: Millee

Leave the gun...take the cannoli.


38 posted on 09/09/2005 9:29:22 AM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: GaltMeister

**LOL**

Mom..dad...zat you?


39 posted on 09/09/2005 9:29:57 AM PDT by PaulaB (Move out of "Camp Complaining")
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To: GaltMeister

I think it may be the altitude there in the "mile high" city. Lack of oxygen makes you do really stupid things....you don't believe me?....look at Nancy Pelosi because Bush has been denying her oxygen for many years now!!..it's a secret plot hatched by Karl Rove and if it works, he will try it on Howard Dean, Ted (Fatty)Kennedy, and selected other Dims!!! :)


40 posted on 09/09/2005 9:40:21 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: geezerwheezer
"Lack of oxygen makes you do really stupid things"

Hey! I resemble that remark! ;-)
41 posted on 09/09/2005 9:44:40 AM PDT by Millee (Earth First! We'll log the other planets later!)
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To: Millee

Drop Dead Fred did it!


42 posted on 09/09/2005 12:39:29 PM PDT by grundle
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


43 posted on 09/09/2005 2:59:43 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: GaltMeister; nikos1121
They might be Rednecks.

Italian rednecks. Their names are all Italian! And a father and son combo at that......

44 posted on 09/09/2005 3:03:41 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: kenth
were arrested after an off-duty police officer used a Taser gun to control the fight.

Something is not right with this. First I've heard of Tasers being allowed as off-duty carry pieces, and I hope to the Good Lord above that the taser wasn't all he was carrying.

45 posted on 09/09/2005 3:04:50 PM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Millee

Stop! In the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!


46 posted on 09/11/2005 2:18:16 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is not conservative!)
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To: Millee
I heard these families really don't dislike each other. They've pulled this stunt before to get out of tipping and/or paying for their meals.
47 posted on 09/11/2005 2:25:51 PM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I saw Kathleen Blanco on TV.)
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To: Millee
NBC 4 - Now You're Cooking Recipes - Flying Meatballs Feuding Families Have Food Fight At Olive Garden

Olive Garden food fight suspects

48 posted on 09/13/2005 12:55:35 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Millee

Tasered I-Talion Food.

Wonder what the beef was about?


49 posted on 09/13/2005 1:05:58 AM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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To: hflynn

I have never ate at an Olive Garden, we don't have one around here, but people who travel to where they are rave about the food.

I am assuming they are cafateria grade Italian Cuisine.


50 posted on 09/13/2005 1:13:14 AM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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