A Manchester Township man has avoided prison for purportedly having a McTantrum over getting cheese on his hamburger.
During his outburst, Sean Varone assaulted a McDonald's manager, according to police. The woman suffered a fractured leg bone and a sprained knee, according to court documents.
Varone appeared in York County Court on Sept. 20, where he pleaded no contest to simple assault for the 11 a.m. Nov. 30 incident at the McDonald's at 380 Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township, court records state.
In exchange for his plea, charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief were dismissed.
Varone, 36, of 292 Cold Springs Drive, was sentenced to 12 months of probation.
Unrelated case: Varone also was sentenced in his unrelated child-endangerment case.
He was sentenced to time-served after pleading no contest to reckless endangerment for an incident involving his infant daughter, records state. In exchange, charges of child endangerment and simple assault were dismissed.
In the endangerment case, Varone was ordered to have no contact "whatsoever" with his daughter and to undergo mental-health and drug and alcohol evaluations, court records state.
Defendants who plead no contest aren't admitting guilt. Rather, they are saying they will not contest the charges against them. Otherwise, a no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea.
Threw high chair: Court documents state Varone was yelling loudly inside McDonald's about the mistake in his order, and manager Kathy Vazquez gave him his money back and tried to calm him.
He called her a "f--ing b--," knocked over a large trashcan, lifted a high chair above his head and threw it inside the busy restaurant, then walked out, documents state.
Vazquez grabbed the restaurant's cordless phone and walked outside to get Varone's license-plate number and call police, documents state.
But Varone grabbed her and put her in a headlock as he tried to take the phone from her, according to police.
After getting the phone, he threw it to the ground and it broke into pieces, documents state.
Before driving away, Varone said he would fight another employee if that man tried to stop him, documents state.
Domestic dispute: In the unrelated case, Varone was accused of holding his 5-week-old daughter while waving his arms violently and repeatedly threatening to jump out a window with her, documents state.
It happened during a domestic dispute July 9 at a home in the 2600 block of Elm Court in Dover Township, Northern York County Regional Police said.
When an officer arrived Varone claimed his girlfriend's family was holding him captive, but later admitted he actually refused to leave the home when asked to by the girlfriend's family members, court documents state.
Public defender Catherine Himes, who represented Varone, and prosecutor Susan Emmons did not return phone messages seeking comment.
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