Man charged with punching 78-year-old over waffle sample

A jar of Nutella is seen in this photo.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with elder abuse after authorities say he punched a 78-year-old man over free Nutella waffle samples at a Los Angeles-area Costco store.

Prosecutors say Derrick Gharabighi, of Burbank, was charged Tuesday.

They say he was hoarding samples of the waffles at the Burbank Costco on Sunday morning when the 78-year-old told him to take just one.

Prosecutors say Gharabighi then punched the older man in the face.

Police say the senior citizen was hospitalized with a 1-inch cut and swelling above his eye.

Gharabighi is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. No phone listing could be located for him and no information was available about an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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