A horrifying video is going viral this week showing a 17-year-old Chili’s hostess getting viciously attacked by an angry mob that was allegedly enraged by the restaurant’s social distancing guidelines.
The incident occurred on Sunday at a Chili’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kelsy Wallace, a straight-A high school student who works at the restaurant as a hostess, told WAFB-TV that it all started when the women became upset after they were told they couldn’t all sit at the same table.
“My general manager and my other managers tell us we cannot sit a table bigger than six because of the corona. We are supposed to separate them,” said Wallace. “And they got upset, so the first thing I did was go get my manager.”
Unfortunately, the situation only escalated from there.
“But then one girl come and she just hit me; we just started fighting,” Wallace recounted. “And all everybody who they was with just started hitting me, and the lady who pushed me first, she takes the wet floor sign, cocks back, and hits me with it in my eye.”
Chilling cellphone footage shows just how violent and deranged the mob really was.
RAW VIDEO: We now have video of a hostess at Chili’s being allegedly attacked by a group of women after she told them they could not all sit together. https://t.co/At9XZvCo55 pic.twitter.com/nF65vAgC20
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Officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department rushed to the scene, but the mob had fled by the time they got there. Wallace was rushed to the hospital, where she had to get stitches above her eye. She also had hair pulled out of her scalp, and several broken nails.
The teenager, who is studying to be an EMT, had only been working at the restaurant for one month to earn some extra money. After this incident, however, she said she won’t be returning to the job.
“I couldn’t believe, like over two for 25s, and three for 10s, I got attacked,” said Wallace, referring to the Chili’s food and drink specials.
Chili’s released the following statement about the incident:
“We care deeply for every ChiliHead and are disappointed by the incident that took place at our Baton Rouge Chili’s on August 9. We do not tolerate violent behavior in our restaurants, and are taking this incident very seriously as the safety and health of our Team Members and Guests is our top priority.
“Following this unprovoked attack, we immediately provided medical attention to our Team Member and called the local police department who is looking into this situation. We have made several attempts to contact the impacted Team Member and her family since the incident to provide support, but unfortunately have not received any response.”
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The Wallace family has started a GoFundMe account to pay for the teenager’s educational expenses, now that she has quit her job.