DOCUMENT: Stupid, Crime

Pizzeria Owner Targeted In Slice Fusillade

Cops: Woman, 28, was "unsatisfied with service"

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Flying Slices

MARCH 25--The owner of a Florida pizzeria was pelted with multiple slices of pizza thrown by a female patron who was “unsatisfied with the service” at the victim’s eatery, police report.

Responding to a 911 call Friday afternoon, cops found Fatos Cala, the 44-year-old proprietor of Olivia’s Pizza, with his “chest area and head...covered in tomato sauce.” On the floor of the New Port Richey pizza place, police added, were “several slices of cheese pizza.”

A subsequent investigation determined that the pizza slices that struk Cala were thrown by Syeda Saleem, a 28-year-old who lives about six miles from the pizzeria. Saleem, who was in the restaurant with her son, “admitted to throwing the pizza at the victim because she was unsatisfied with the service,” according to a criminal complaint.

Saleem had left the pizzeria before police arrived, but Cala had copied down her license plate number, which led police to her residence.

Saleem told cops that her child threw up upon eating pizza served to them by Cala, claiming that “the cheese was spoiled.” When she attempted to return the pizza, Saleem said, Cala “began to yell racial slurs at her and told her to go back to her country.”

At that point, Saleem said, she “shoved the pizza through the window and the pizza hit him because he was standing in her way.”

Pictured above, Saleem was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and booked into the Pasco County jail. She was released on $500 bond after spending a few hours in custody. (2 pages)