According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Updyke was trying to return a lawnmower to the store but was only offered $110 in return. He apparently was demanding $150 for it, and he caused a scene when he was refused that amount.
The store manager had to call the police on him.
Updyke is set for trial Oct. 1 on charges of poisoning oak trees on Auburn University’s campus, and he indicated to the police that he had nothing to lose.
“He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn’t care. He kept insinuating that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” a police spokesman said.
The Times-Picayune reports that the police report says Updyke said he would “come back and take care of everyone,” after the officer on scene told him he was not allowed back on the property.
The police report says that Updyke continued to tell the officer he would return to the store and “it would be his last time.”
Updyke was arrested because the officer felt the statements were said in a threatening manner (and be honest, you have a vision of Kevin Hart from “The 40 Year Old Virgin” in your head).
Old man Harv feels like his life is ending, so he’s not about to put up with any crap from a home improvement store while he’s still a free man. That is where it crosses the line for Updyke.