What began as two women exchanging unpleasantries in a Boynton Beach
BJ’s Wholesale Club
parking lot turned into a bizarre brawl Wednesday that involved hair-pulling, shopping-cart shoving, and ultimately an order from police to appear in court for simple battery.
Karen Rosenfeld, 56, and her husband Meredith were at the store to buy lobster tails for their 26th anniversary dinner.
And Lori Stickle, 48, and her husband David had just bought gas and planned on buying bagels from the store. A search for a handicap spot brought the couples together.
Rosenfeld admits she criticized Stickle’s driving.
“She was riding very fast in the parking lot of BJ’s. She could run anybody over. I said ‘Listen, you gotta slow down.’ She said the F word and did the symbol with it,” Rosenfeld said Thursday.
Then it escalated — Stickle, out of the car, shoved a shopping cart into Rosenfeld, but says she only did it because Rosenfeld raised her cane at her.
“She was yelling at me that I cut her off and I said ‘you know who yells in a parking lot? Crazy people,’” Stickle said. “As I was walking toward the entrance of the store I said ‘And you my dear are crazy.’ She said to me ‘you don’t want to F with me’ and I said ‘What are you gonna do? Hit me?’
“She raised her cane. I pushed the cart into her but I didn’t push it hard. I think that if somebody is lifting their hand to you or an object I really think that I’m entitled to push them away from me.”
The brawl happened around 4:30 p.m. at the BJ’s at 1540 W.
Blvd. at Congress Avenue.
John Hanifin III, 25, was inside the store working the Verizon station. He told police he saw Stickle shove the cart into Rosenfeld, and credited the two husbands for stepping in and ending the fight. But even the two men got into a scuffle, according to a Boynton Beach police report.
“I couldn’t believe that one elderly lady rammed another elderly woman with a shopping cart,” Hanifin said Thursday.
Rosenfeld said she grabbed onto the cart to stop herself from falling and got her fingers caught inside. She said Stickle pulled her hair. The two got into a shoving match, pushing each other.
Arriving police found Rosenfeld sitting in an electric shopping cart with ice packs on her left knee and left middle finger. Stickle had a cut on her right knee and right elbow, according to the report.
The two women are still reeling from the altercation.
Stickle will have to go to court for simple battery.
“If somebody is lifting a cane to you isn’t that a reason to push you away?” she said. “This woman was screaming profanities at me and raising a cane at me. I feel like I’m the victim.”
And Rosenfeld said her body still needs to heal.
“My fingers were in (the cart), they snapped. I broke one finger and dislocated the other. I’m in a cast now. My knee is badly injured,” she said.
As for that anniversary dinner, the Rosenfelds did buy the lobsters after the brawl, and planned to eat them Thursday night.