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Caught on camera: Parking dispute leads to deli-aisle brawl at Florida Publix

Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:17 AM
By: Samantha Jordan - WDBO – Orlando, Fla.

Cleanup on aisle one!

A YouTube video that shows two grown men slugging it out in the deli aisle of a Publix supermarket in Orlando, Florida, has gone viral. 

The person who shot the video, titled "Brawl in the deli aisle," said the incident occurred Monday night at the Publix in the upscale neighborhood of Baldwin Park.

>> Click here to watch the raw video. (WARNING: Graphic language.)

"I was going to get some spinach," the video's description reads. "I came back around towards the chicken tender case, to get some (because Publix chicken tenders are delicious), and saw this happening. I immediately whipped out my phone and took a video." 

According to Orlando's WFTV, police said a verbal altercation led to the fistfight.

Edwin Colon, 46, said he was trying to pull into a parking space when a pregnant woman, who was loading her child into her car, left her shopping cart in the open space.

Colon said he asked her to move it and she began cursing at him. Donna Bankstahl, who witnessed the argument, told police that Colon was yelling and cursing at the pregnant woman to move the cart. The woman called her husband on her cellphone.

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Police said Colon had gone into the store to buy a sandwich from the deli when an unknown man walked up to him and put his face close to Colon’s. Bankstahl identified the man as the pregnant woman’s husband.

Colon said the man started poking his face, so Colon pushed him away. The man advanced toward Colon and a fight broke out, police said.

"Absolutely curious to see what could make two grown men fight each other at a Publix around a bunch of people that have nothing to do with it," shopper Cory Collier told WFTV.

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Colon and the man were separated by workers and onlookers shortly afterward.

Colon said the pregnant woman and her husband left the store in an SUV after the fight.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made, police told WFTV.

– WFTV contributed to this report.