A St. Louis man reportedly killed his uncle after the two men couldn’t decide whether or not the meat they were serving was serve pork chops or pork steaks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After this seemingly harmless argument began to escalate, John Cunningham grabbed a shotgun and decided to drive his point home by shooting his relative for failing to agree with his assessment of the aforementioned dish. Cunningham claimed the meat should be called pork steaks, while his uncle believed them to be pork chops.
The incident took place around 1 am on Monday morning. At one point during the exchange, other family members were forced to separate the two gentlemen. Since neither party was willing to let the issue slide, keeping them apart seemed like the best solution. However, Cunningham wasn’t satisfied with this decision. After venturing into another part of the house, the suspect returned with a shotgun.
The man’s uncle, 44-year-old Lessie E. Lowe, was fatally wounded during the altercation. As it turns out, Cunningham was right about the meat. However, he’ll have to celebrate his victory in police custody.
Believe it or not, there is a difference between pork chops and pork steaks. According to the Riverfront Times, pork steaks are described as a cut of meat taken directly from the pig’s shoulder. A pork chop, meanwhile, is taken from the back loin. Although the difference is certainly significant, it’s really not worth dying for.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time a dispute over food has resulted in unchecked violence. According to CBS News, a 45-year-old Pennsylvania man became quite upset when his son and daughter-in-law served the man baked chicken instead of fried chicken. The mishap irritated the father so much that he turned violent on his family, an act which ultimately landed the guy behind bars.
The St. Louis man who killed his uncle over pork steaks, meanwhile, is currently facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.