Crazy Over Nutella Samples, Man Faces 11 Years In Prison

Crazy Over Nutella Samples, Man Faces 11 Years In Prison
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One man’s overly love for Nutella has led him to a possible maximum sentence of more than 11 years in state prison. Burbank man, Derrick Gharabighi, is charged on Sept. 22 for allegedly hitting a 78-year-old shopper at a Costco warehouse store after the elderly told him not to take too many Nutella samples.


According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the incident took place in Burbank Costco. Gharabighi walked up to get a Nutella waffle sample. The elderly man also reached out for a sample but Gharabighi grabbed all the samples, Deputy District Attorney of the Elder Abuse Section, Michelle Dodd, told court. This is when the 78-year-old man told Gharabighi that he also wanted one of the samples and that the man should not take so many. Gharabighi then punched the elderly man in the face. The old man suffered injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Gharabighi is now being charged with one count of elder abuse with the special allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on someone who is more than 70 years old; if found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.

In another Nutella news, the chocolate spread create bewilderment in August when US Nutella put in its FAQ that the correct pronunciation of the product is “new-tell-uh” and not “nut-e-lla.”

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“Nutella are wrong! The makers claim it’s pronounced ‘new-tell-uh’. It has nuts. Even though they make it, they are defo wrong!,” Adam Weighell tweeted.

“So Nutella is pronounced “new-tell-uh”. Am I the last person to find this out?” Cassi said on Twitter.

“Apparently Nutella is pronounced “Newtella” whole life has been a lie,” another Twitter user posted.

“’Newtella’ is actually the right pronunciation. The name has nothing to do with the fact that its got nuts in it,” said another.

Buzfeed decided to go straight and ask U.S. Nutella’s parent company and here is what the company has to say: “Ferrero aren’t trying to encourage a common worldwide pronunciation on this. In the UK we call it and pronounce it ‘Nutella’ as do consumers. The US pronunciation is just for them.”