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Orlando Subway Worker Fired Over Ketchup Fight With Customer

There's a famous I Love Lucy episode where a Parisian chef goes after the red-headed gal with a knife after she asks for ketchup to season her escargot.

Apparently, former Subway employee Lawrence Ordone is a fan of the show, because last Tuesday, the former Subway employee allegedly threatened a man's life when he asked for ketchup on a sandwich at an Orlando Subway shop inside a Walmart.

According to Orlando's WFTV, Luiz Martinez had a hankering for a Subway Philly cheese steak with American cheese, onions, and ketchup. Only problem? Subway doesn't stock America's favorite condiment.

Mustard? Check! Oil and vinegar? Yup! Mayo? Both regular and reduced fat -- but no ketchup (which is seriously news to us).


When then-Subway employee Lawrence Ordone said that there was no ketchup available, Martinez was said to have refused the sandwich. Another patron offered to buy the sandwich, but that wasn't good enough for Ordone, who apparently went a little crazy, knocking down a chair and telling Martinez, "Let's go, fight me like a man." Ordone allegedly then blocked Martinez from exiting the store and threatened to kill him. Over ketchup!

"I was scared. Next thing, I'm thinking a gun's going to come out," said Martinez, after calling 911. By the time the police got to the shop, the employee had fled the scene.

Ordone, who said he was fired from his position as sandwich "artist", seems to have nothing against the tomato-based condiment, saying, "There's ketchup three aisles down. You can go buy your own ketchup, and I promise to God, you can put as much as you want on it and nobody's going to say nothing," said Ordone.

As of now, no charges have been filed and no arrests were made, though the case may be forwarded to the state's attorney's office.

Watch Ordone talk about why a sandwich turned into a fight in this unedited eight minute video from Orlando's WFTV:





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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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