Brawl Erupts Over Crab Legs At Alabama Buffet, Two Arrested

"They'd been waiting there for the crab legs for a good 10, 20 minutes. When they finally came out, it's very heated," said Huntsville Police officer Gerald Johnson, describing a fight between Chequita Jenkins and John Chapman at the Meteor Buffet in Huntsville, Alabama.

By Eric Shorey

A casual night of dining exploded into a cacophony of shattering plates and thrown fists when customers engaged in a violent brawl over crabs legs at a buffet in Alabama.

John Chapman and Chequita Jenkins were arrested at The Meteor Buffet in Huntsville after the seafood-inspired skirmish..

Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson witnessed the kerfuffle.

"They'd been waiting there for the crab legs for a good 10, 20 minutes. When they finally came out, it's very heated. Especially if someone is taking more than their fair share," Johnson explained to WHNT, a Huntsville, Alabama-based news organization.

Chapman and Jenkins then allegedly engaged in a sword fight, using kitchen tongs as weapons. Dishware was smashed in the ensuing battle.

"Literally, as I sat down and maybe took two bites out of my plate ... there's a woman who's beating a man. People are moving around, plates are shattering everywhere. ... It's not something you typically hear, if you can imagine a fencing match," said Johnson.

Johnson said that both Chapman and Jenkins, who was with her children at the time, admitted fault in the disagreement.

Chequita Jenkins (left) and John Chapman (right) via Huntsville Police

Chapman, who suffered a cut to his head, has been charged with disorderly conduct. Jenkins has been accused of third-degree assault. Both potentially face a few hundred dollars in fines.

Chapman is scheduled to appear in court on May 21. It is unclear when Jenkins will next appear in court. 

Court records listing Chapman and Jenkins' legal representation were not immediately available, according to The Associated Press.

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