Last winter, a fight broke out at the Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side over a vegan pad Thai meal. Today, the case goes to court. Marcella Caprario, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher and amateur opera singer, was shopping with her husband, Bill, when he reached to retrieve a Trader Joe’s brand Frozen Vegan Pad Thai With Tofu from the freezer; Cathleen London’s teenage son kept blocking his way. Bill perceived the boy’s actions as intentional, and in frustration, he loudly remarked to his wife, “They don’t even say excuse me.” London overheard him and went ballistic. She told him, “He’s just a child! Get that pole out of your ass!” At that point, Caprario reports that London charged at her, and that she slapped London across the face in self-defense.
Caprario will take up her defense in Manhattan Criminal Court today after refusing to accept multiple plea deals from the prosecutors, who have repeatedly lowered the charges from the original misdemeanor assault all the way down to attempted assault.
She commented that she won’t plead guilty to something she didn’t do, but she admits to slapping London. Hopefully she has a good lawyer.