Week in History: Just out of Jail? Fight a Grocer
A look through Red Bank Register archives at what happened this week in Monmouth history.
What do you do when you're fresh out of jail? You might just head to Red Bank and attack a grocer with scale weights.
The front page of the Feb. 24, 1892 issue of the Red Bank Register details Joseph Moran's misadventure in Frank Supp's grocery store.
Moran had been released from a month-long stint in jail and celebrated by "getting what the boys called a glorious jag on," according to the article.
Moran approached Supp, who was in no mood to tango:
Mr. Supp did not want to fight. It wasn't his night for fighting and he did not have his fighting clothes on, anyway.
After approaching Supp with the scale weights, the grocer threw Moran out of the store. Moran responded by throwing the weights through the plate glass door, according to the article.
Moran's next scrape would be with the insurance company:
The glass which Moran broke was insured, and the insurance company which issued the policy will prosecute Moran for breaking the glass. The glass was valued at $30.