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Gas station employee stabbed over ‘bad chicken’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Things are quiet at the convenience store at Jackson Avenue and Interstate 40, but shortly after 11 p.m. Friday it was a different story.

The parking lot at the Exxon Mobil at 1192 Jackson became a crime scene shortly before midnight Saturday.

Zack Sweetman, a bus passenger, saw the commotion as he was riding by.

"All I saw was just all the cop cars and everything. The bus had to take a different route. I really didn't see a lot. We didn't get to go down Jackson. We had to go around," says Sweetman.

That's because police say a worker at the store was stabbed by a customer over, of all things, chicken.

Police say the worker, Ibrahima Sene, was cleaning the parking lot when 60-year-old David Haslett came up to him, complained that he had sold him bad chicken and he wanted his money back.

An argument broke out, at which point police said Haslett produced a knife and stabbed the victim.

"Stabbing somebody because of your food? It doesn't make any sense. All you have to do is come up there and talk to them. Talk to the manager or anybody. They can replace your food for you. That's all you have to do," says Victoria Williams of North Memphis.

Police say they found Haslett standing in the middle of Jackson Avenue when they arrived. He had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher and they say he was still armed with the knife.

He surrendered and was taken to the hospital.

Workers at the store referred us to the manager, whom they say was out visiting the injured employee.

There was plenty of chicken on the menu Saturday afternoon.

Customers tell WREG they have never had a problem with it, especially not enough to go on the attack, but they are not surprised.

"There is crime all over Memphis, and until the city works together as one cohesive unit, it won't work," says Keith Helms of North Memphis.

David Haslett is charged with aggravated assault and has a $40,000 bond.

He will be in court Monday.

The victim, who  was stabbed in the leg, was later upgraded to noncritical condition at the hospital.