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Teresa and Joe Giudice allegedly launched into a profanity-filled tirade on an New Jersey beach after being asked to pay for a $5 beach tag. Their flap forced police to get involved.
A reality TV couple already in trouble with the law had a brief run-in with police over the weekend at the Jersey Shore, according to a report from TMZ.
Witnesses say Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” were among a large group of people who got in a huge, expletive-filled argument on the 20th Street beach in Ship Bottom last Saturday.
According to witnesses, the ruckus started when a teenage girl who worked at the beach asked to see the groups' five dollar beach badges which are needed to attend the beach. The couple allegedly began to scream at the girl and initially refused to pay.
“They were getting loud,” said Ship Bottom Police Chief Paul Sharkey. “There was some language used. Our guys thought it was inappropriate.”
One woman who claims she witnessed the ordeal says the teen girl burst into tears.
“The nice little badge checker went home crying,” the woman said. “I felt terrible for the little girl.”
Officials say officers arrived at the scene and were able to calm things down. The group eventually paid the five dollars for the badges.
“I think they had another town’s beach badges,” Chief Sharkey said. “Like the bordering town, Long Beach Township’s, so there was a misunderstanding at that level. But obviously in Ship Bottom you’ve got to purchase our badges.”
Earlier this month, the Giudices pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg tried to reach them and their reps for comment but did not hear back from them. Another witness says he saw the group leave the beach in several luxury cars and SUVs later on.
“I just shook my head and thought they didn’t want to pay for the beach badges but they had all these expensive vehicles,’ said Steve Kashkin of Stafford Township.
Police did not file any charges. Chief Sharkey says they have problems every summer with people who don’t want to pay for beach badges.