Customer in "potato chip fight" video tells her story - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Customer in "potato chip fight" video tells her story

Amateur video of a fight over potato chips in a Midtown Memphis market has gone viral on YouTube. Amateur video of a fight over potato chips in a Midtown Memphis market has gone viral on YouTube.

(WMC-TV) - Amateur video of a fight over potato chips in a Midtown Memphis market has gone viral on YouTube.

In the video, a store clerk and a customer battle it out after the clerk accuses the customer of stealing.

Click here to watch the video. (Warning: Graphic language)

The fight happened in June at the Mapco at Central and Cooper in Midtown.  The customer seen fighting in the video, who asked not to be identified during an interview with Action News 5, says she is embarrassed.

"It's just so damaging," she said Thursday. "It really has affected my life a lot."

The customer said it all started when she began eating a bag of chips inside the store before paying for them.  

"I stand up at the counter with the chips in my hand, and she's blocking the door like I'm trying to leave, and I wasn't trying to leave," she said.

In the video, the customer throws the chips on the counter, and shoves the clerk out of the way. Outside the clerk held the customer by her hair for more than five minutes until police arrived.  

"You ain't going nowhere," the clerk says in the video. "I don't care, you ain't moving."

"I did the wrong thing in a lot of ways," the customer admitted Thursday. "But that was really excessive."

The customer says backlash from the video has turned her life upside down.

"I'm hurt," she said. "I'm embarrassed. I'm ashamed. I'm mortified, and the thing, is my kids are the ones who have suffered here."

The customer admits she should have stayed calm, but called the clerk's reaction over the top. Ultimately, she was cited for theft of property under $500, and assault. She has to appear in court in September.

But, she claimed, the night the fight happened, police only listened to the clerk's side of the story. After she saw the video, she filed her own police report.  The incident is still under investigation.

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