Cooks can be pretty passionate about their creativity in the kitchen, but an incident in Florida turned deadly after two restaurant employees argued over how much spice should be added to a batch of gumbo at Buddy’s Seafood Market.
Police in Panama City, FL, say that the argument escalated, with one worker producing a small knife and the other holding a wooden board. The worker with the board retreated, but then returned a few minutes later, armed with a knife or sword with a 15-inch blade.
Caleb Joshua Halley, 33, was slashed across his abdomen three times and later died in hospital. Orlando Thompson, 26, is facing a manslaughter charge.
Police say Halley portrayed Chief Osceola, Florida State University’s mascot, from 2004 through 2007.
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