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Indian diner arrested after row over onions at US eatery

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

An Indian-origin man has been arrested in the US after he went on a violent, naked rampage, threatening to shoot staffers at an Indian eatery -- all because the restaurant put onions in his food.

Police arrested Yuba Raj Sharma, 43, after the confrontation at the All restaurant, in Oakland, Pittsburgh, and charged him with terroristic threats, indecent exposure, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

The argument began when servers put onions in Sharma's order, WPXI-TV reported.

He returned the next day drunk and angry, restaurant owner Ravinder Singh told police.

According to the criminal complaint, Sharma was so drunk and difficult that he became "dead weight" as police tried to put him in a patrol car.

The owner of the restaurant told police that Sharma visited twice this week. The owner said Sharma was eating there and "acting belligerent," according to the complaint.

The owner said Sharma was "intoxicated" when he returned on June 6, and was told that he was not welcome at the restaurant, according to a police report. That is when Sharma "became angry" and "irate" refusing to leave, the report said.

According to the complaint, Sharma told the owner that "he was going to shoot him," then the owner saw Sharma make "a motion that he had a gun in his pants."

After 911 was called, Sharma pulled down his pants exposing himself while verbally taunting the owner and another staff member, police documents said, according to Action 4

The owner initially did not want to pursue charges, but changed his mind after Sharma "continued to shout back toward the restaurant" and ignore police commands, the complaint said.

Ultimately, the owner told police that he "no longer felt safe in his restaurant and wanted to pursue charges," the complaint said.

Sharma was so drunk that police said he was speaking "nonsense," and at one point, he told an officer that "he got into an argument with staff because they put onions in his food," according to the complaint.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 17:02 IST