A video showing three customers trashing a New York restaurant and attacking workers in a dispute over a $1.75 fee for extra sauce has gone viral on the internet.
The clip, initially shared on TikTok, shows three women throwing a metal stool, glass bottles and anything within arm’s reach of restaurant staff. It also shows two of the women climbing onto the counter and tossing sauce bottles at close range. At one point, one of the women even dances on the counter, while the other two continue to destroy the restaurant.
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According to Independent, the incident took place on July 4 at Bel Fries on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The three women were arrested and charged with theft and criminal damages. The restaurant’s chef Rafael Nunez said the three customers wanted extra sauce for the fries, however when the employee explained that it costs $1.75, they were upset. “And that’s where it all started,” Nunez added.
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The three women were identified as Pearl Ozoria, 27, Chitara Plasencia, 25, and Tatiyanna Johnson, 23. According to reports, the three customers destroyed computers, a cash register and other items inside the restaurant. One of the workers was also injured and taken to hospital.
According to fox news, Mrs. Ozoria reportedly even punched a police officer in the face as she was arrested. She now faces an additional charge of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. The other two women were also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
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Talking to NBC4, the restaurant’s co-owner said his six employees are so traumatized they don’t want to go back to work. “They are devastated. They are afraid. One of them still doesn’t want to leave the house. She has a son. She fears for her life,” said the co-owner.
Ms Ozoria, Ms Plasencia and Ms Johnson are now scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday, July 15th.