Judd has a prior record of assault and was found with a pellet gun — but the hot dog was long gone. The forensic “splatter” evidence included mustard spilled on the shirt of the victim.
The victim was sitting under a tree at 6:45 p,m. on August 12th when the offense occurred. Judd reportedly walked up and mumbled, “Eat that other dog?”
“Yes,” the man replied.
Lifting up his shirt, Mr. Judd showed what appeared to be a handgun, the police report said.
“I’m going to eat it,” Mr. Judd responded.
It can happen that fast. One second you are enjoying a cool evening with your hot dog and the next second it is gone with your culinary hopes and dreams.
This is not unique. As discussed earlier, Georgia Assistant District Attorney William Michael Olson, 36, resigned from his position as a prosecutor with Clarke County, Georgia after being arrested for a drunken fight with a hot dog vendor. The vendor says that Olson ate a hot dog and then tried to leave without paying for it, leading to a tussle.
Olson was arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and theft of services. He was released on a $500 bond. The fight occurred at 1:25 a.m. and when stopped by police Olson claimed not to know anything about the hot dog.
What is a fascinating forensic link is that Olson was implicated by the same splatter pattern evidence: mustard and ketchup on his shirt. Hardened hot dog thieves often forget about the incriminating condiments.
Olson, however, does not appear to have been hit with any jail time while Judd, as a repeated offender, will go away for a year and a half.
He can, of course, be sued in a tort action, though conversion would seem a better claim than trespass to chattel and replevin.
Armour hot dogs may have to make the following alterations to its slogan:
“HOT DOGS, Ar-mour HOT DOGS
What kind of kids love Ar-mour HOT DOGS?
Big kids, little kids, kids who climb on rocks
Fat kids, skinny kids, even kids with
chicken pox Love HOT DOGS,
Kids with records and kids with heat
Ar-mour HOT DOGS
The dogs kids love to eat!”
What is really amazing is that someone would do this for a Massachusetts hot dog when everyone knows that the best dawgs are found in Chicago. One could only imagine what he would have done for a Wolfy’s or Flukey’s dog.
For the Massachusetts story, click here.