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Firefighter Accused of Going Bonkers at Chinese Restaurant

FDNYPolice in New York accuse a firefighter of destroying a cashier’s computer after a billing dispute at the Empire Wok on Castle Hill in New York City, reports the New York Daily News.

The cashier and the firefighter began arguing over the check. A relative of the restaurant owner told the newspaper he purchased $7 worth of food and had demanded his money back.

Raw Story reports off-duty firefighter Harold Mendoza was dissatisfied with his meal and returned it.

When the cashier refunded the $7, witnesses say the firefighter demanded $10.

When he received that, with the money still in his hands, police say he began smashing the computer screen, damaging it.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

“He had the $10 in his hand and he started banging his keys on the screen,”   said a relative of the owner to the Daily News. “The fact that he’s a firefighter makes it hurt so much more. The assumption is that they’re pretty honorable people.”

Mendoza works in the Bronx at the Engine 82/Ladder 31 firehouse.

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