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Posted: April 6, 2011 11:06 a.m.

Paper towel dispute leads to arrest

ATLANTA - A man police say grabbed paper towels from a maintenance cart at a rail station in Atlanta and used them to blow his nose wound up in jail.

A police report says a man identified as Alfred Murphy grabbed the towels at a MARTA station Monday afternoon, and a transit system police officer told him he couldn't do that.

The report says Murphy said he was entitled to them because he'd paid his fare.

It says the officer asked Murphy to leave and instead he picked up a police phone and complained about being assaulted.

The report says officers were summoned and Murphy struggled with them.

He was booked into the Fulton County Jail on charges of battery, obstruction and hindering of a law enforcement officer and criminal trespassing.


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