Norma Brownstein: Woman arrested, accused of stiffing Buddha Garden Restaurant bill, kicking cops

Cops say meal was worth $65, but she only paid $5

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A New York woman dining on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach Wednesday was arrested after police said she paid only $5 for a meal worth $65 and kicked responding officers when they approached her.

Norma Brownstein, 61, was charged with battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence, disorderly conduct and defrauding an innkeeper after getting into an argument with the manager of the Buddha Garden Restaurant, according to a police report.

Officers responded to calls of a disturbance at the crowded restaurant at 217 East Atlantic Avenue around 7:53 p.m. and found Brownstein in a verbal altercation with the manager. 

The manager told police that after Brownstein finished her meal, she placed several bills in the check caddy and then almost immediately went back and removed all the money except for $5.

While officers attempted to resolve the issue, they said Brownstein began yelling and cursing in front of the restaurant. 

She screamed, "Screw you guys, you're (expletive) (expletive)," according to the report.

"She had glassy eyes and the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage was emanating from her," officers wrote in a report. "She stated, 'I'm not paying for this' and began walking away."

Two officers then held Brownstein down and handcuffed her while she "squirmed" to get away, according to the report. During the handcuffing process, police said Brownstein kicked her leg back and struck an officer in the leg.

Back at the Delray Beach Police Department's holding facility, Brownstein kicked another officer in the leg during the search procedure and threw her earrings, according to the report.

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