A disturbing brawl inside a Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A left one employee without a job and a customer with a trip to the hospital, facing assault charges.
The incident on Tuesday was triggered when a 55-year-old suspect who had been shouting at customers went behind the employee counter. When a 27-year-old employee asked him to leave, the suspect, identified by police as Sean Turner, threw a punch at the employee, according to Fox News.
A violent brawl erupted between the two as the employee pummeled Turner while others tried repeatedly to break them up, as can be seen in a now-viral video shot by a customer at the Tenleytown neighborhood location.
WARNING: Footage contains graphic content
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A fight broke out at the @ChickfilA on Wisconsin Ave. in D.C. Wednesday night between an employee & another man.
“This situation does not live up to our brand’s commitment to hospitality, and for that, we are very sorry,” Chick-Fil-A said in a statement. More tonight on ABC 7. pic.twitter.com/P4oOm1qNMK
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Turner, who was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, was charged with simple assault, police said. The unnamed employee was not arrested, but lost his job with Chick-fil-A.
“There is a viral video circulating of an altercation that took place last night between a restaurant team member and an individual in a franchised restaurant. This video is incredibly disturbing to watch, and we do not condone violence or the team member’s response to the situation in any way,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“Our franchise restaurant Operators and their team members strive to create a safe and welcoming environment and to treat all guests with dignity and respect,” the company added. “This situation does not live up to our brand’s commitment to hospitality, and for that, we are very sorry.”
Chick-fil-A noted that they “are continuing to investigate this situation, including what happened before the video was taken and how it escalated so quickly.”
The video of the fight posted on social media has been viewed over 5 million times.
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