Man jailed over espresso bean argument

RICHLAND - An alleged argument over a coffee bean landed a man in a Kennewick jail on Christmas Eve.

Jayson Carmickle, 26, was angry with the baristas at Sweet Beans, a Richland coffee shop, on Friday morning.

According to a police report, Carmickle, described as a transient, did not agree with the barista’s decision to adorn the lid of his coffee cup with a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

Carmickle argued with the employee, got his money back and left.

But apparently Carmickle was so incensed over the bonus bean that he returned minutes later, yelled at employees, banged on the coffee shop’s windows and jumped on the bumper of a customer’s car.

When that customer hurriedly drove away, Carmickle chased him on foot.

That’s when Richland police officers arrived.

Carmickle is spending the holiday weekend in a place guaranteed to be free of unwanted espresso beans — he’s booked into the Benton County jail on charges of disorderly conduct.