A New Jersey deli worker, who admitted to putting chest and pubic hair in a police officer’s sandwich as payback for giving him a traffic ticket, is being sued by the officer.
Evesham police officer Jeremy Merck said he had ordered an egg, cheese and turkey bagel sandwich from the Good Foods to Go in Marlton, New Jersey, and after taking a few bites he noticed what looked like human hair in his food.
Officer Merck immediately wrapped up the sandwich and brought it with him to the hospital, where he was checked for diseases, but none was found.
The officer then brought the sandwich to the lab where deli worker Ryan Burke’s DNA was found on the both the hair and the sandwich.
When questioned by police, 27-year-old Burke admitted to taking a handful of his pubic and chest hair and putting it on the officer’s sandwich as payback for a 2009 traffic arrest that caused him $4,400 in lawyer fees and fines.
Burke, who was charged with aggravated assault, was sentenced 15 days in jail, two years’ probation and fines. He was also fired from the deli.
Officer Merck is suing both the deli and Merck for unspecified damages.