Kroger customer who drop-kicked cake charged

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

A customer is being charged with tumultuous conduct after she allegedly drop-kicked a birthday cake in a Bloomfield Hills Kroger.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, of Bloomfield Hills, is scheduled for arraignment June 29 at 48th District Court, where she is expected to be charged with tumultuous conduct for disturbing the public peace, which is a misdemeanor, Bloomfield Township Detective Sgt. John Weise said.

Tricia Ann Kortes

On June 11, officers went to the Kroger store at 4099 Telegraph for a complaint of a customer causing trouble, according to a news release.

Kroger did not have video of the incident, but the store manager told police Kortes went to the bakery to pick up a “Superman v. Batman” birthday cake. Unsatisfied with the decoration, she went behind the counter to fix it, and employees told her she could not be in that area, according to the release.

Kortes reportedly took the cake to the front of the counter and drop-kicked it, causing cake and frosting to “be strewn” around the bakery section of the store, the release said.

Another witness told police she threw the cake to the ground, stepped on it several times and yelled, “They (expletive) ruined my seven-year-old’s birthday cake!”

Kortes quickly left Kroger, but not before kicking over a wet floor sign on her way out of the building, according to the release.

Using the name and phone number on file for the specially ordered cake, officers spoke with Kortes, who said she did not kick the cake but that it slipped from her hands. According to the release, Kortes said employees told her to go behind the counter, as well.

She said she was upset about the poor quality of the cake’s decoration and that it was not what she expected, the release said.

Kortes’ attorney, Gerald Gleeson, declined to respond to questions regarding the case.

This isn’t Kortes’ first run-in with the law. On June 3, Kortes plead no contest to disorderly person after being charged with assault and battery in 2015 from an incident in Troy, according to court records. She was fined $500 and required to attend an education program.

Kortes also was convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2003 in King County, Washington, under the name Tricia Schull, according to court records. That charged is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a maximum of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

She was sentenced to 12 months in jail and 136 hours of community service, according to the court. It is unclear how much time she may have served in jail. Her conviction was vacated in December 2015, according to the court.


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Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.