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Man charged with assault with a dangerous straw holder at Harvard Square burger joint

Cambridge Police report arresting a former Shake Shack worker they say grew enraged when his final paycheck wasn't ready for him and threw "a plastic container filled with straws" at a manager - in addition to throwing "several items around the store, which included smashing a hot sauce bottle, customer's orders of burgers and fries on the floor and a tray with cup of sodas toward the kitchen work area."

Police report that Tyquise Harrison, 20, of Roxbury had recently been terminated at the Winthrop Street restaurant and went ballistic shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday after the manager told him his last check was still being processed by the company and that it was not ready for him.

He was arrested outside the restaurant and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and wanton destruction of property worth less than $1,200, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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The restaurant would have a hearing after which the licensing board would determine what, if anything, they could have done differently with their straws and hot sauce storage to prevent such a scene.

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FACTS! Make him/her clean it up and then close the case. They are guilty of being disgruntled. The courts have better things to do.

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...the last straw.

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to more than just the environment.

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3.5% unemployment - hard to get good help these days.

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gonna come out of your paycheck.

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At least there wasn't a dangerous candle available to throw.

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There could have been dried out salami from an over-priced charcuterie board flying around.

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They have those at Shake Shack?????

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Rage gets u nowhere. Let's be more patient and kind people. Life is too short to be angry at the world.

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Gee, you think his attitude could possibly be the reason he's a "former" employee?

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I could see it going either way. Maybe he was unfairly treated and he's lashing out at that now. Either way, it seems likely that they had a preexisting... beef.

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Seems like he thought he was in Smashburger

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seems a bit much. I thought it covered any assault where there was a serious risk of serious injury or death, but... the plastic container I'm picturing wouldn't be good for much more than a bruise and a bump.

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Liam Neeson (Taken), Steven Seagal (Under Siege), or Matt Damon (Borne trilogy) have probably killed or maimed dozens of people with plastic straws.

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Reason large capacity straw magazines must be banned.

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It's a strange substitute for what would be aggravated assault in another state.

If a foot is a dangerous weapon, should I call the police every time I see a foot?

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To start, it's "shod foot." You might want to look up what that means before trying to be funny.

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I know as much about Mass criminal law as anyone who reads a lot of news and blog articles.

Sometimes the weapon is a fist, or the ground. Should I report a dangerous weapon is accessible to the public whenever I see the ground?

I believe laws should say what they mean, and shouldn't have to be twisted around by lawyers and courts to get the desired result. If they want a charge for a more serious type of assault, they should change the law to define aggravated assault, instead of messing around with nonsensical weapons.

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I read this as a man being assaulted in a Harvard restaurant that serves square burgers. Square burgers: not even once.

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"One moment of patience, in a moment of anger, can save a thousand moments of regret."

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Absent this incident, I wouldn't have known about the restaurant's maybe-illegal pay practices.

"any employee discharged from such employment shall be paid in full on the day of his discharge"

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter149/Sec...

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Trashing the place aside, the restaurant broke the law by not giving his paycheck on time. The arrest report says he was fired several days ago. State law says you get your final paycheck the same day you get fired.

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I believe that the civil penalties for violating the employment law is $25,000. There is also a provision for a 1 year term in the House of Correction. If his employer had observed our statues this would never have happened. Our Law Schools have produced a "galloping herd of hungry locusts", but they are never around when you need one.

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The John Harvard one, perhaps? :-)

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