Worker says woman attacked her for putting too many pickles on sandwich

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QUINCY, Mass. —

A Massachusetts woman is facing an assault charge for allegedly punching a restaurant worker for putting too many pickles on her steak and cheese sandwich, police said Monday.

Tina Drouin, 49, ordered the sub from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs in the Quincy Center subway/commuter rail station at about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to MBTA police. Drouin started loudly complaining, used a profanity, and made other derogatory comments about the ratio of certain ingredients as the worker prepared the sandwich, police said.

Finally, she demanded a refund. The worker refused.

That’s when Drouin allegedly punched the female worker in the face, and pushed over two large pickle jars, knocking the worker to the floor and shattering the jars, police said.

“She threw a punch right at me and then decided to push over two big glass jars of pickles. They just completely shattered on the floor and I fell on top of the glass,” Carmen Bolton said.

Drouin ran from the station with Bolton in pursuit. Bolton nabbed Drouin nearby outside city hall and held her until police arrived.

Drouin told police the episode began when the sandwich maker put ‘‘too many pickles’’ on her lunch. She complained to police of neck pain and was taken to a hospital.

She'll be summoned to Quincy District Court to face an assault charge, police said.