Senior Food Fight Lands Early Bird Diner In Jail

One senior citizen is in trouble with the law after police say she was the instigator in a food fight at a popular restaurant for the elderly.

Wilkesboro police say a 69-year-old-man and a 62-year-old woman were assaulted, one who was hit by a flying plate.

Police say it happened at the Golden Corral in Wilkesboro around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Linwood Moore says he was purposely bumped into at the salad bar by Polly Richards, who is 64 years old. Witnesses and surveillance video shows the woman cursed at the man, grabbed his shirt and shoved him against a wall. Moore was also slapped in the face at some point, according to police.

The man, who recently had stints put into his heart, was afraid the woman was going to hurt him, so police say he then grabbed Richards' arms and pushed them away as the woman fell to the floor.

Police say during the ordeal, Richards threw a plate of food, hitting Fay Cardwell and causing a knot on her shin and knee.

Employees told police it apparently started because Moore went around Richards in line to pay while she was getting a drink.

When arrested, Richards told police "Just take me to the *%$ #@!* jail then."

She was charged with two counts of assault and battery and jailed on a $1500 secured bond.