An IHOP employee is recovering after a disturbing incident in which they were stabbed in the shoulder during a dispute with a customer. The altercation occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning at the IHOP location near East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue in Gramercy Park, New York City.
According to police reports, the restaurant worker and a patron became involved in an argument around 4:30 a.m. A third individual, attempting to intervene and break up the fight, was slashed in the hand by the suspect but declined medical treatment.
The cause of the dispute remains unclear, and the suspect fled the scene in a black car. The injured IHOP employee, a 20-year-old, was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
This incident is a troubling reminder of the challenges faced by service industry workers, who sometimes find themselves in volatile situations with customers. It comes after a tragic event in July, where a 16-year-old IHOP employee in Georgia was shot and killed while working, allegedly due to an ongoing dispute with another teenager.
In another incident from November 2020, a maskless customer at a New York City IHOP reportedly slashed a worker after being asked to comply with coronavirus guidelines by wearing a face covering. These cases highlight the importance of ensuring safety and respect for all individuals in restaurant settings.
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