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Mayoral hopeful Paul Congemi gets banned from KFC

ST. PETERSBURG- Mayoral candidate Paul Congemi has been banned from the KFC restaurant at 770 34th Street N.

Congemi was issued a trespassing warning last month after he cursed out several employees at the restaurant.

When police arrived, Congemi said, "Don't touch me. I am running for mayor and once I get elected, you will be fired."

The incident occurred after an employee began laughing at Congemi.

"Apparently, that set him off," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. 

Congemi could be arrested if he returns to the restaurant, Proffitt said.

Congemi said he won't miss Colonel Sanders' 11 herbs and spices.

"My mother makes a lot of chicken at home. I don't need their chicken," he said. 

Read police report here.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer


EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly characterized the actions taken against Congemi. He was issued a trespass warning not to return to the KFC, not charged with the criminal offense of trespassing. The post was temporarily removed while we confirmed the circumstances and reposted with the correct information.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:53am]


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