Eater.com- Beer drinkers are fiercely loyal to their brands of choice, as evidenced by this story out of New Orleans: "An argument between years-long friends over which beer is better —Budweiser or Busch — ended Saturday in Harvey with a shotgun blast," says NOLA.com.
64-year-old Clarence Sturdivant and his 66-year-old neighbor Walter Merrick were reportedly hanging out in the parking lot of their apartment complex when Sturdivant asked Merrick for a beer, and that's when things went awry:
Merrick returned with a can of Busch beer -— apparently not Sturdivant's brew of choice. An angry Sturdivant declared his preference for Budweiser, according to the report. The two men continued to quarrel over beer brands until Merrick said Sturdivant shot him and left, the incident report said.
I was all set to say that when you have someone else get you a beer you can't complain if they get you the wrong kind. All set to say that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Then I realized something. These guys are in their 60's. They have probably spent 5 days a week for the last 15 years years drinking together in that very same parking lot. Walter knows what Clarence drinks and Clarence knows what Walter drinks. They have probably argued over the legitimacy of their beer choices for a longer amount of time than any sane individual should. You think this is the first time Walter has pulled this stunt. Probably brings him the wrong beer every time they get in to this stupid debate.
This is basically what would have happened if 'Grumpier Old Men' was based on a true story.
You know when you are messing around with your friend and he takes it a little too far. To the point where one person isn't laughing anymore and it becomes serious. That's exactly what this is. Walter stepped over the line one too many times. Clarence has bad knees. Can't be trudging over to the cooler every time Walter wants to be a dick and toss him the wrong can of suds. He just wants to drink his beer of choice in the parking lot of his apartment complex and forget he has a wife and kids that he's undoubtedly grown tired of. This gunshot wasn't in malice, it was out of principal. These guys are supposed to be in this together. They are supposed to be each others escape. Bet Walter never pulls that stunt again. Just fire one off into his kneecap to show him you mean business. It's not like he was shooting to kill. I can't blame him. Old people treat their Budweiser like it's life blood. They are more protective of the King of Beers than their own grandchildren. Plus, anyone that is still drinking Busch after the age of 18 deserves to be shot. Not only has he been guzzling piss water since 'Nam, but he's been bragging about it. That hospital visit is for his own good. Hopefully it gives him a chance to reflect on his alcoholic transgressions.