'Shoplifter Priest' Hit With Bucket of Pasta

Parishioner expresses his objections with ravioli
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 4:10 AM CST
Rev. Tim Jones, parish priest of St. Lawrence and St. Hilda in York, England.   (AP Photo/BBC News)

(Newser) – A British priest who said the poor should consider shoplifting things like tinned ravioli had a bucket of pasta dumped over him by an irate parishioner. The man lay in wait for Father Tim Jones outside his church in York, northern England, and then sloshed half the messy spaghetti and ravioli over the priest's robes. Jones stopped to allow the parishioner to pour the remainder.

"I was offended by what he said," the parishioner told the York Press. "I got this thing in my head where I thought I would make my own little protest." Jones—who stands by his comments—says he was "frightened and humbled" by the experience, but he doesn't plan to press charges.

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