The ShopRite in Howell is usually a pretty peaceful place; the shelves are always fully stocked, the employees are helpful, and the atmosphere is rather relaxed.

Well, it wasn’t last week (I wasn’t there at the time, though). A fight broke out when someone tried to go through the express checkout with too many items, according to news reports. We’ve all silently fumed when the person in front of us brazenly puts their excessive number of items on the belt, but this time, someone apparently wasn’t silent in their fuming.

According to, Howell police say a Howell woman confronted a Brick woman who had too many items. But the confrontation was limited to words, police say. The fracas included “punches to the head, biting, spitting and pulling hair," reports police said.

Again, that’s my ShopRite and I’ve never seen that kind of excitement when I was shopping. Police say both women were charged with disorderly conduct, and the Brick woman was also charged with simple assault.

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