Caught on camera: A Panera manager hits a female employee, bashing her with a big barnstorming right and sending her to the wall in a heap. The incident occurred at the Panera Bread location at 304 Park Avenue South in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. The video smackdown of the manager on subordinate is going viral.
Writes the New York Post: “A towering, buff male manager at a Panera Bread was captured on video posted to YouTube Wednesday walloping a woman employee in the face, knocking her to the ground inside the chain store. The video shows the employee yelling at the white-shirted manager just before he whacks her twice — the second time causing her to hit a wall and fall to the ground.”
The manager, who has not been identified, is seen manhandling the employee, who was in the middle of quitting her job. The employee had thrown a bag of chips on the floor – and then is audibly heard slapping her manager in the face, eliciting a chorus of “oohs” from shocked bystanders.
He then is seen tangling with her before he belts her with a roundhouse right – despite concerned colleagues calling out, “Don’t hit her!” After the KO, witnesses yell out, “Oh snap” in disbelief, and employees rush in to separate the two combatants.
Incredulously, police determined that the manager was acting in self-defense and asked the manager if he wanted to press charges on the employee. Evidently, more occurred than what was captured in the brief cell phone video.
The NY Daily News picks up the story:
Joe Schumacher, 28, who took the video, had gone to the restaurant for lunch when the horrific scene played out. Before Schumacher whipped out his iPhone, he said, the manager picked up the woman and threw her out of the store — down a flight of steps. Outraged, the young woman ran back in and confronted him.
“She got one good slap in and I say good for f***ing her,” Schumacher said. “It was like a man hitting a child.”
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Panera Bread released a statement, and said that both the employee – who was already quitting – but the manager as well, have been sacked.
“Today there were reports of a physical altercation between two associates at our Park Avenue South bakery-cafe. We have a zero tolerance policy for violence and worked swiftly with authorities to investigate. The associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera.”