Supermarket Tussle Turns Into Diplomatic Incident in Peru
Ecuador's ambassador removed after fight with women
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A brief dust-up at a Peruvian supermarket has become an international incident. Ecuador's ambassador to the country squabbled with women in line, resulting in an exchange of blows. It all began when the women skipped in front of Rodrigo Riofrio in line, say a mother and daughter, per Peruvian news. They also say the diplomat used racist slurs in the April 21 incident. Security footage shows a woman hitting Riofrio before he hits back with a magazine, according to Reuters. Bloomberg and the Atlantic Wire say tapes show Riofrio punching and kicking the women.

Now, officials in Peru and Ecuador are feuding over the fight. Ecuador President Rafael Correa says Riofrio was a "victim of aggression," but Peru called on Ecuador to remove Riofrio last week. Today, Ecuador did so "following a request by ambassador Riofrio," says the country's foreign office. Correa has threatened to prevent Peru's ambassador from re-entering the country over the flap, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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May 8, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
Seems south American men are little to no different from African men. Yea I said it... If you cannot show respect or restraint when it comes to the weak/children/women/elderly/etc... than you should just be put down like a rabid animal. To many people & not enough space for a$$ hats like this.
May 7, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
The customer service at these Peruvian supermarkets is well below the standards of other South American supermarkets.
May 7, 2013 4:50 PM CDT
That's why he should've errands boy. With every day passing by there is a growing list of people to whom I would love to tell to kiss my a... So, who is selling them arms.