Man refused service allegedly rips down store’s sign

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Clarence man was arrested after he was refused service and then allegedly ripped down a sign in a store.

Deputies say Otto Reinhardt was in Kenyons Variety on Goodrich Road around 7 p.m. Thursday night when he got into an argument with staff. When he became belligerent, authorities say he was refused service, at which time he ripped down a sign in the store before leaving.

The store clerk went outside to confront Reinhardt about the sign, and deputies say the 47-year-old nearly struck the clerk with his vehicle.

Reinhardt was known to staff inside the store and they reported the incident to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, Reinhardt was taken into custody by deputies on charges of fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree reckless endangerment.

He was being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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