A 65-year-old man is facing up to a year in prison after he slapped a waitress on the bottom in a Denny’s restaurant in Rome, New York. Clarence H. Locke Jr. and his wife had just arrived at a booth in the restaurant, when his wife got up to use the restroom. Waitress Jayme Adair, 23, has described how she had taken a drinks order from Locke, 65, when he leaned out of the booth and smacked her backside.
Ms Adair, who has worked at the restaurant for five years, reported it to her manager, who told Locke and his wife to leave. The shocking incident, which took place around noon on Monday, was caught on CCTV, and police were able to identify and arrest Locke an hour later. He was charged the same day with forcible touching, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to a year in jail or three years’ probation.
Ms Adair, of Rome, New York, said: ‘I was in shock. I have never had anything like that happen to me before. ‘The customer and his wife came in together. I didn’t recognize him by his face but when he walked in he said, “Hello Jayme.” ‘His wife went to the restroom and I went over and got the couple’s drinks. ‘As I went over to take his order he reached as far as he could just to reach me and smack my butt pretty hard. ‘I froze up. It was degrading and embarrassing, and completely out of the blue. ‘I got super upset about it. I just told my manager to get him out and get him away from me, then the cops came and got him arrested. ‘So many women go through this and it is not fair. I did nothing wrong and I did not deserve that.’
Ms Adair, who is dating 25-year-old artist Joseph Wright added: ‘It bothered me because I have been in a relationship since I was in high school and I have never had a guy do something like that to me. ‘One of my co-workers said, I’m so happy you are sticking up for yourself because the same thing has happened to me a few times. ‘I have had comments before but they were not vulgar like that. ‘I want to make sure he is actually punished because it is not something minor to me it bothers me.’
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