A man and a woman have been arrested after allegedly beating up a blind Salvation Army bell ringer with his own charity kettle because they believed he had cut the line at a burger restaurant.
Juan Rodriguez, 30, and 21-year-old Audrianna Wignal were waiting for food at Tarrytown Road Smashburger in White Plains, New York state, alongside bell ringer, Jermaine Simmons, 41.
But before they reached the counter, Rodriguez accused Simmons - who was on his break - of cutting the line, and punched him so hard that he broke his nose and cheek, police said.
The impact caused the victim, to fall to the ground, his donation kettle flying out of his hands. As Simmons lay bleeding, he was then allegedly straddled by Rodriguez, while Wignal kicked him.
Finally, Rodriguez picked up the Salvation Army kettle and hurled it at the legally-blind bell ringer, striking him in the head, police told CBS New York following the incident on Saturday afternoon.Simmons was transported to hospital with a broken orbital bone and a broken nose, officers said.
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