04/05/2013 11:37 am ET

Donald Handa Allegedly Pepper Sprays Michael Burke, Guard, At Bingo Event


Sheriff's deputies say that an 84-year-old shot pepper-spray at a security guard during a retirement community bingo event in central Florida, WESH reported.

The guard, 67-year-old Michael Burke, told investigators that he used crates to reserve two handicapped parking spaces for women attending the game. Other handicapped spaces were open and available, yet Donald Handa set his sights on the ones Burke had saved, according to Click Orlando.

Burke said Handa moved the crates, then parked his car and headed toward the building. It is unclear whether Handa had a handicapped sticker on his vehicle.

When Burke tried to stop Handa and get him to move his car, he says Handa whipped out a can of pepper spray and sprayed him with it.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies say Handa told them that he'd had problems with Burke for two weeks, and sprayed him because he felt threatened when Burke started chasing after him.

Burke admitted that the two had squabbled recently. He chose not to press charges.

According to a report obtained by Click Orlando, Handa agreed to "leave the parking spot vacant for the less fortunate" in the future.

Seriously though, don't get between a senior citizen and his or her bingo game.

In March, a teen was arrested after falsely yelling "Bingo" at a Kentucky bingo parlor, and was ordered to not even say the word for six months.

The month before, an all-out brawl erupted at a New Hampshire bingo game when a woman selling beauty products was disrupting the event.


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