NORWOOD, the Bronx — A pair attacked a 70-year-old woman in the checkout line of a Bronx grocery store after she left the line to get something she'd forgotten, police said.
Peggy Meyers, who was at the Key Food on Sept. 28 just one day after her 70th birthday, had her items on the conveyor belt when she asked the cashier if she could get one more thing, she said. Meyers left the line and then came back with ice cream. It was on sale and she couldn't resist the price.
A man and woman who were also in line argued with her, police said.
"Just give me a minute," Meyers said she told them. "I just have to get these items from here."
The man berated her, Meyers said.
"You're being very disrespectful because I've for children older than you," Meyers said she told them. "I said 'now if you're in a hurry, you can go ahead.'"
The registers receipts ran out and tensions escalated. It got even worse after Meyers accidentally knocked their groceries off the conveyer belt.
"He balled up his fist and he hit me in my right eye," Meyers said.
The cashier separated the two, but the woman with the man still landed a punch on Meyers' cheek.
"I just picked up a juice bottle and started throwing," Meyers said.
After that, the pair fled the store in an unknown direction.
Meyers, who was not seriously injured by either punch to the face, has returned to the Key Food several times since and has a message for her attackers.
"You have no respect for women," she said. "You don't act like you have a mother."
Police have asked for help identifying her attackers. Both of them are in their late teens or early twenties. The man is about 6 feet 2 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, all gray clothing and white sneakers. The woman is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, black sweat pants and black sneakers.
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