*Wow! Wonder what the heck happened prior to the cameras getting there?
Apparently, what began as a verbal altercation between a terminated Panera Bread employee and a manager turned to blows after the manager, who was much taller, punched the ex-employee…twice.
And to say this was not a good look for the restaurant after a customer actually captured the incident on video would be an understatement.
The altercation began after a female employee was thrown bodily down a flight of stairs and out the front door of the Panera Bread location in Manhattan, New York.
Gawker.com obtained the shocking video from the customer, and reports that the duo came to blows around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Panera Bread location on Park Avenue and 23rd Street.
The video starts after the terminated employee re-entered the store through another door.
The woman, a diminutive 5′-2″ or so, confronted one manager, threatening to “turn up in this bitch,” according to the tipster.
Then another manager got involved and confronted the hysterical ex-employee. We hear a slap on the video, but can’t actually see it happening.
“Don’t punch– DON’T HIT HER!” shouts the tipster as the big oaf of a manager throws a lazy punch then another windmill punch.
Everything gets chaotic inside the Panera Bread and the two combatants are separated by staff.
Panera corporate made a brief statement, which Gawker.com obtained: “The associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera.”
Meanwhile, here is a blow-by-blow analysis of the fight that was shared with Gawker.com by the Tipster:
You might wanna say she hit him first, but really he had FULL CONTROL over her the entire time, was throwing her around, I think she gets one slap in that was louder than it was painful, then he half punches her once, she spins, and then he REALLY FUCKING PUNCHES her. You can even hear me and my friend yell DON’T HIT HER just before it… I checked on her for a while after the cops left, she seemed ok, she kept saying he really got her in the ear mostly which I know stings like a bitch. She was bleeding a little, and had cuts on her hands but she seemed ok after the adrenaline wore off.
Watch the disturbing video below.