PITTSBURGH – Throwing a punch at a boy complaining about the cost of his cold treat has landed an ice cream vendor in hot water.
Nazzareno Didiano, 44, was placed on probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after a trial Tuesday over the May 2004 incident.
The boy, now 14, told the judge that Didiano attacked him as he sat on his bike just blocks from an initial confrontation. The boy testified that Didiano pulled him off the bike, punched him in the face and slammed him into a wall.
Didiano acknowledged confronting the boy, but denied punching him. He said the boy had used various obscenities.
“He instigated the whole thing,” Didiano said. “I wanted to tell him I didn’t appreciate being talked to like that.”
Didiano, who was found guilty of simple assault, lost his job with Paul’s Ice Cream Co.