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Man Shoots Friend For Bringing Him the Wrong Brand of Beer

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He wanted a Budweiser and got a Busch instead.

Apparently not everyone enjoys a nice cold Bud.
Apparently not everyone enjoys a nice cold Bud.
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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.

Sturdivant's account of the incident is a bit different, saying that Merrick was actually the first person to pull a gun and he simply fired in self-defense. In the end, Sturdivant went to jail on "unrelated charges" and Merrick was issued a citation for aggravated assault.

Perhaps the two gentlemen didn't realize that Budweiser and Busch are both manufactured by brewing giant Anheuser-Busch? At any rate, tensions can certainly run high when thirst and hunger are involved: A few months ago a Nashville man pulled a gun at a McDonald's after the drive-thru staff messed up his order.

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