MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Police were called Sunday to a Leslie Lane residence after a 23-year-old man became outraged when his mother refused to return his cell phone charger until he finished washing the dishes.
Although no one was seriously injured during the argument, the man did damage several items in the kitchen and scare his 41-year-old mother into calling authorities for help, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report released Monday.
“(The man) advised that he and his mother got into an argument about a phone charger and dishes in the sink,” Officer Stuart Ogg said in the report. “(He) stated that he was wanting the charger for his phone but his mother would not give it to him until the dishes were put away.”
When asked about the damage in the kitchen, the man “admitted to throwing a glass in the sink, breaking it, and also slamming the door of the dishwasher, causing minor damage,” Ogg said.
His mother confirmed his account, but she also pointed out that the man chased after her when she ran to her bedroom to hide until police got there.
“(Her son) took a credit card and forced himself into the bedroom, pinning her behind the door,” Ogg said, adding the man then tried to leave the residence but was unable to start his car.
Given the situation, police removed the man from the scene. He is now facing the possibility of a domestic assault charge – a far more serious consequence that will hopefully make him think twice before refusing to do the dishes in the future.