Redbox parking dispute ends in racial slur, thrown coffee: police

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

Police say a parking dispute at a Redbox ended with a man using a racial slur and throwing coffee at a woman's car.

York County Regional Police responded shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 2 to the Price Rite parking lot in York Township, 2142 S. Queen St, for a harassment report.

A woman had parked her car in the bus lane while she used a Redbox kiosk for movie rentals, police said.

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"The bus had plenty of room to stop and pick up any riders," she reportedly told police, according to charging documents. But her parking choice drew the ire of a 49-year-old West Manchester Township man who was waiting for the bus.

Police say the man became upset and confronted her, police said. She told him it would only take a minute and ignored him.

The situation escalated when the man allegedly shouted a racial slur at her, according to police, and she yelled back at the man. He then allegedly hurled coffee at her parked car.

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Her car window was open, so the coffee got "all over her passenger side seat," charging documents say.

The man boarded a public bus after the woman called the police, but officers were able to catch up with him based on information from witnesses to the altercation. He now faces a misdemeanor charge of ethnic intimidation and a summary harassment offense.

— Reach Harper Ho at hho@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @howdyhoharper.