- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) - A decades-long grocery employee accused of giving unwanted hugs to customers in western Michigan has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Fred Civis of Whitehall appeared in court Friday. The 57-year-old was placed on probation and told to enroll in a behavioral program.

He told the Muskegon Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1yKSo7B ) he wanted to end the controversy.

Civis worked for nearly 40 years at Plumb’s Valu-Rite Foods in Whitehall, 55 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. He was fired last summer after complaints of unwanted touching by women.

But Civis had supporters who criticized Plumb’s and set up a Facebook page. Plumb’s says Civis repeatedly failed to follow store policy.


Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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