Man gets trespassing notice for telling deli clerk he likes large (chicken) breasts?

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Al Stults Jr. swears that when he told a Safeway deli clerk that he likes large breasts, he was talking about chicken breasts -- not anything attached to her. Which explains why he's so upset about receiving a trespassing notice from the Lakewood Police Department banning him from the supermarket for one year for his remarks.

According to Stults, 62, he visited a Safeway branch on West Colfax in early August. He was in the company of a female companion, but she wasn't with him when he headed to the deli counter to order some chicken breasts. He describes the clerk who waited on him as a "heavy-set woman," and when he pointed at the breasts and said, "I like the large ones," he recalls her chuckling.

The next week, Stults says, he returned to the store to order more chicken breasts -- but when the clerk who helped him the week before saw him coming, she walked away, leaving another woman to help him -- one who, in his opinion, was extremely surly.

After completing the transaction, Stults says he decided to complain about how rudely he'd just been treated. But when he spoke with the assistant store manager, she immediately put him on the defensive.

"She was so, so mad," he maintains. "She said, 'The last time you were here, you giggled about this woman's large breasts.' And I said, 'Oh, baloney.' And then she opened up her flip phone and called the police, and I listened to her make up this whole story about me cussing and threatening her."

Safeway's side of the story? Kris Staaf, the company's spokeswoman in Denver, declines to comment. "We don't discuss personnel issues," she says. "And from what I gathered from our security folks, this is more of a police matter."

It quickly became one. Even though Stults insists that he used no profanities when speaking with the assistant store manager, her call to the police convinced him "it was exit time. I thought, I could be jailed over this."

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Rather than heading to his vehicle, Stults says he left the store on foot. But before he could get too far, a Lakewood Police car zoomed up, lights flashing, just as he stepped off a sidewalk. He claims that the officer nearly hit him.

As Stults remembers it, the officer asked for his drivers license and then returned to her car to check for prior offenses; he points out that his record is clean with the exception of minor traffic tickets. A second officer who also arrived on the scene subsequently handed him a trespassing notice. He recalls being told, "'Here you are, sir. You cannot go on that property for a year from this date. If you're on the property, you'll be charged with trespassing and maybe other criminal charges.'"

This situation frustrates Stults to no end. "It's completely illegal," he says. "They totally side-stepped the legal system."

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