A Dacula man was charged with simple battery after a disagreement over the use of a designated parking space turned violent.
Police were called to the Hamilton Mill Road McDonald’s on the morning of Oct. 7 regarding a customer dispute. The officer met first with Lee Cramer, 52, of 954 Fairview Club Circle in Dacula.
Cramer told the officer that he and his wife noticed two young males exit a vehicle that was parked in a spot designated for drive-thru customers only. Cramer explained that he and his wife had been looking for a spot and had passed by that spot since “McDonald’s wants patrons that are going inside to order to park in another stall.”
Once inside, Cramer’s wife reportedly asked the two males if they had failed to notice the sign.
“Cramer said [the juvenile] was very disrespectful so he told him he would ‘break his finger and shove it up his a**,” the officer wrote in the report.
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Cramer and the 16-year-old juvenile continued to argue. Cramer admitted telling the juvenile that he should hit him for being so disrespectful. The juvenile reportedly leaned forward displaying his cheek as an open invitation for Cramer to punch him. The juvenile also allegedly told Cramer to hit him.
“Cramer said that when [the juvenile] leaned forward showing the side of his face, he grabbed him by the neck,” the officer wrote. “Cramer said once he grabbed [the juvenile] he thought that [the juvenile] was not worth it and let him go.”
According to Cramer, the situation “began to deescalate” until the juvenile made an obscene gesture with his middle finger as Cramer left the restaurant. Cramer then walked back inside and asked the juvenile if he was that disrespectful to his father.
A manager intervened and Cramer once again exited the building.
When interviewed by police, the juvenile said Cramer and his wife were calling him names. The juvenile said he was trying to stop any contact with Cramer when Cramer physically assaulted him. The juvenile said when Cramer threatened to hit him, he told him to go ahead and he would call police. At that point, Cramer allegedly grabbed him by the neck and shook him.
A cashier and manager both said they saw Cramer grab the juvenile by the neck and both said the teen did not make any physically threatening moves.
Cramer was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on a charge of simple battery. He was released later that day on a $1,300 bond.