CONCORD: Homeless Man Throwing Food from Sizzler’s Salad Bar at Customers

February 3, 2014 15:51 pm · 70 comments

Concord Police are responding to the area of the Sizzler restaurant on Willow Pass Rd. after a report came in of a homeless man who was inside the restaurant throwing food from the salad bar at customers.

He was kicked out of the restaurant, and last seen fighting with a man near Denny’s at Willow Pass & Diamond, according to police.

No injuries have been reported.

Police located the suspect in the creek area under the Brian Sharry Bridge on Diamond Blvd.

UPDATE, 4pm: At least one person was hit with a plate, which was also thrown by the suspect.

anon February 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Have you ever tried the salad bar? That’s the best thing for that stuff.

Jojo Potato February 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Food fight!

Once Again February 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Our first responders double as mental health workers in a country where mental health is ignored.

Sue February 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Hope they disinfect that salad bar it is kinda nasty to begin with.

Gargoyle Socks February 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Assault with a deadly pepper.

NoMoreFreeRide February 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The homeless situation is out of control and growing. There are large populations of people with serious mental problems roaming the streets. I feel bad for these people and the city needs to find a better solution than making them move every 6 months or so. Many of these people are a danger to themselves and others.

bluebird February 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Someone wanted a free shower and bed for the night.

Enfield303 February 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Sounds like he was just tossing the salad.

Mr. Pink February 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

The troll crawled back under his bridge.

GD98 February 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I think you buried the lead Mr. Mayor.

“Sizzler is still open” would have gotten you the clicks.

Zod February 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I would have loved to see that. However throwing a plate isnt cool. The food was probably so crappy that it ticked him off and sent him into a rage!!!

Horse n around February 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

This is one of the reasons why we need to stop pan handlers. I know that people want to do the right thing. And it makes them feel good to give someone standing on the corner, a dollar or two. But it really doesn’t help them. I don’t know how to fix the problem, but everyone needs to stop giving them money. All it does is feed their habits, which are drinking and drugs.

anon February 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco advocates treating those mentally ill homeless people who are unable to take meds on their own. Maybe we should consider that as option here.

me February 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

That Heroin Junkie that lives under the bridge.

Sen. Sword February 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Did he at least get to use his coupon?

Futurama February 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

@ #6 Good luck trying to get all those dems and reps cited for their delusions.

Ted K., Supermax February 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

That dirtbag would have had a chicken bone protruding from his neck if he hit me with food.

babytruck February 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Perhaps he was hungry, walked in there and tried to eat but someone was trying to kick him out for not paying? (I don’t know how the salad bar works there, some places have you pay first..)

At the grocery store, I saw a guy with no shoes and obviously unshowered standing at a display eating fruit right then and there. I saw people staring at him in disbelief so I walked over to him and asked him if he was hungry. He was shy but nodded his head and cast his eyes downward. When the manager showed up, he handed the manager the fruit, to me, in apology. I explained that the guy was hungry and that I would buy him a sandwich or something. The manager pulled out a $20 bill and gave it to him. He told him that he can use it as he likes but would like it if he used it on food. The guy looked at him in disbelief and walked away.

I saw the guy outside after I had done my shopping and he was sitting on the curb with a whole loaf of bread, some water, a pear and a package of lunch meat.

Sometimes they are just hungry.

Hahahaha February 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Thats what you get for eating at sizzler! Ewwww

Russ February 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Mad Cow disease?

Fefee February 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Armageddon ?!?

Rob February 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Better than someone walking in with an AR-15 and mowing people down.

rich February 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Are you sure it wasn’t George Bush at the Taco Bar?

Cowellian February 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Aren’t you glad you don’t work there anymore?

Mrs. T February 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

This is sad. To the person who says sometimes they are just hungry. Wouldn’t you think he would have been eating the food instead of throwing it along with plates at people if he was “just hungry”?? I feel terrible for the people who were in that place having to put up with that from a homeless person. It’s sick.

Atticus Thraxx February 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I have no idea what the salad bar at Sizzler is like, but if it’s not up to even the local bridge troll’s standards, I’ll pass.

Free Connie Dobbs

it's mE!! (original) February 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Well who ever said that they would of loved seeing that it wasn’t cool at first and that b*** almost trew a plate at me so it wasn’t really fun going for dinner there….

Just_My_Two_Cents February 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Did they let Ricky out?

Susan February 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Um…best headline EVER. Although I love the touching story about the hungry homeless guy eating a pear and a loaf of bread, come on. We all know it’s drink or drugs they NEED. I can’t imagine being in there with my kids and watching this. I mean, yikes, a guy was hit with a plate in the neck. This guy needs help, not buffet.

@babytruck, #18-----Which store was this? I want to congratulate that manager February 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

And shop at that store, to show appreciation for his humane gesture.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Laugh all you want folks, but I knew a guy who was stabbed to death with a carrot.

the other jj February 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

so much for leaving a tip!! I also agree with rob!!

concord February 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

yes, i’ve wondered why the homeless problem is concord has been allowed to escalate the way it has. you can’t even shop at the Willows or eat at Denny’s or Sizzler without several cars getting broken into in the parking lot or being accosted by someone trying to sell some piece of junk they just stole. really, i can’t stand concord any more.

chalkboy8 February 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

That broccoli could have put someone’s eye out.

judaspriest February 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

oh man this is freakin hilarious i wonder if someone put thus on youtube

Ya Think? February 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Gee I wonder if this person is homeless drug addict?DUH!!!!

furian February 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I blame Obama.

Criticism doesn't help February 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Is it just me or was the “homeless problem” less of a problem before the mental health facilities were shut down? Turning people with psychiatric problems loose on the streets to fend for themselves doesn’t help any part of our communities.

Walnut Creek Resident February 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

So sad.

Anonymous February 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Well at least the phantom didn’t cut and paste another dumb article(yet)

@critisism February 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

No, it is not just you. You can thank all the right leaning,
not with my money , Republicans that don’t want to
do anything other than sit in their big houses and
count their money. Heartless until it hits home. Then
listen to them demand something be done. Reagan
started this crap back in his time. But this also applies to
billionaire Democrats that serve to hold off the
and placate those who understand we must take
care of these people or deal with the consequences .
They post here all the time, they back the right
and bash unions and immigrants ( most of whom
Were thrown out by manifest destiny.)
No one questions why we are in tnhe longest war
in our history, and the suicide rate among our soldiers
and Vets. is at an all time high! They cite web sites
that are insane in their content as proof of their
Validity of their statement.
No, it is not just you, but the people that care
seem to be getting fewer and fewer, and that is
what is truly destroying this country.

babytruck February 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

To #30

This was at the Safeway by the Concord Bart. The manager who did this retired a few years ago. I was impressed too.

kristina February 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I work up the street from this location and we have had several problems with these local homeless. They have become increasingly aggressive towards my customers as well as my employees within the past year and the police continue to neglect this growing problem. We have gone as far as getting an arrest authorizations for a few of them but when we call the police they take over an hour to show up and even if they’re still there when the police do show up they do nothing. Something needs to be done about this

RANDOM TASK February 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

wow the rants are under way …..people bums have been doing bummish stuff for years the dems that control this monarchy like to use all the catch words to scare you …ooooooh closing schools ( tax hike ) ..more police ..less police and fire more…less….closing everything …..all buzz words that scare the voters into submission …instead of driving them into holding politicians accountable and fire em or even those who go voer the line put them in jail ..none of this happens because they are the masters of bait and switch as the tax hike for the new tunnel will undoubtedly still be there in 5 years and go right into their pockets……no tax has ever been taken off the plate they as they have huge appetites for our money they increase the size of the plate to their “will” since they have already smashed yours…unless you still cant see it

More of the lame February 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Uh, Mr.Random, do you have these post on some
sort of rotating schedule? Really, because they
are starting to seem the same, the same old lame!

Woody Guthrie February 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

#41, it happened on Reagan’s watch as Gov., but was actually enacted by Pat Brown just before RR took over.

just me February 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Ever since The Mayor gave up his gig of managing the salad bar at Sizzler things have gone down hill….maybe the lemonade machine is still broken? I am not sure but when it was The Mayor’s salad bar you never heard about these issues…

ConcordMike February 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

CoCo County District Attorney won’t prosecute low level crimes due to lack of funding. How much longer before the funding comes back? Any word?

Mr Creosote February 3, 2014 at 10:42 PM

That’s absolutely disgusting!

Noflow February 3, 2014 at 11:11 PM

#38 / #41

The “homeless” are roughly 1/3 drug adict/mentally ill, 1/3 in need, and 1/3 who choose the lifestyle – aka “bums.”
During the first Obama Admin w/ Jimmy Carter, the ACLU sued the feds for illegally incarcerating the mentally ill. Obama Rev1 didn’t fight it in court, the judge ordered the gov’t to release them all. The deadline for the release occurred during Reagan’s first years, while he was trying to cut spending. The rest is history….

Dr. Jellyfinger February 3, 2014 at 11:37 PM

When my buddy got stabbed with the carrot I rushed to his aid. He was a vegan and told me not to pull the carrot out….. he always had a place in his heart for veggies.

The Mamba February 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

What would happen if a random citizen just threw him the hell out?

@#33 February 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

As a homeowner, the Concord problems were very frustrating to me also. Not the kind of place I wanted to raise my child anymore. I made attempts to resolve the quality-of-life issues through City government and also encourage local businesses I patronized to stop contributing to the problems, which they often allowed to occur on their property. I got no response and no one seemed to really care. That’s just what the majority consider acceptable in Concord. So, we moved and don’t shop there anymore either. Problem solved. Much better off now.

Love My City! February 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

There are nowhere near enough services to treat mentally ill homeless people in our county. The patient right’s movement of the 60’s and 70’s had a legitimate gripe. State mental hospitals were not doing the job of treating mentally ill people effectively. The answer was supposed to be community based mental health services. No one foresaw that these services would end up seriously underfunded. As a society, we don’t value the neediest among us and politicians realize that. Easy to cut mental health programs!

Antler February 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

#53 ~ ~ ~ Did you move elsewhere in 5-city Claycord? (sorry, Clyde and Pacheco…please don’t be offended)? Or have you moved completely out of this area where there just are not many homeless? Or is the matter handled differently where you are now? Would you give us some pointers, please?

Don P - N. Concord February 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Maybe change it to an “all you can toss salad bar”?

Kat February 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM


Yes, Ricky is out.

He walked by my work the other day intoxicated and starting punching a Handicap sign pole. I’m surprised he didn’t break his hands.

@41 February 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

In CA there are far more rich democrats than rich republicans.
An last time I checked democrats ran this state and have for years. If they really wanted to do something about the problem why haven’t they? They are the ones in charge.

RANDOM TASK February 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

woah #59 pointing out the problem might cause some backlash

RANDOM TASK February 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM

oh and if it seems like the same old thing yes it is just at it has been for 40 years. Dems running the show and the state being downgraded to a 35th choice to visit behind Kansas . Great work …excellent I am gathering as to hear the truth only embarks jabs at the messenger.

Don't Censor Me Bro February 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Rep reply to dem..who attempts to blame reps. for these things….

Are YOU not your brother’s keeper?

Concord Guy February 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

This would never have happened at an Olive Garden.

Cowellian February 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, Olive Gardens don’t have salad bars.

funny man February 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

keep it classy ,Conquered!

A February 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Too many homeless people in Concord. Sad when their is a bed on the ground next to 7-11.

Commuter February 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Anyone ever seen the homeless guy walking up and down galindo/monument. Big tall black guy always wearing a rain coat and carrying a duffle bag?

Kelly February 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Yes my friend knows him his name is Timothy.very soft spoken. Saw him in the liquor store one day buying some juice.NEVER begs. I think just chooses to be homeless.

Huh? February 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

This is sad. On the rare occasion that I run into the homeless, I treat them with dignity and respect. If they ask me for money, I smile and say, “I can’t today, but thank you.” I don’t apologize, because I’m not sorry. Nor do I give them money. It’s against my better judgment. As far as being in a restaurant with young children……it’s up to the parent how to handle it.

As far as the Mayor handling “the salad bar”, I think his favorite restaurant is “on Treat”………

Dr. Jellyfinger February 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

On the rare occasion that I run into the homeless I just look around to make sure nobody saw me do it & I drive the hell outa there!

Kelly February 7, 2014 at 6:25 AM

My friend went into the Mexican restaurant on monument by monument wines & was asked for money by the homeless. Said no . She went in for lunch, & they actually went and stood outside the window where she was eating and just stared at her.they would of had salsa in the eye when I left if it were me!

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