A customer was caught on surveillance footage physically assaulting the nephew of a Thai restaurant owner in Berkeley, California after he was reportedly denied free food.
The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. on November 9.
According to ABC7, the nephew was allegedly attacked after trying to speak to the customer to find out what the problem was.
In the now viral video, the customer can be seen at the bottom of the screen kicking and throwing the nephew over a table before kicking him in the stomach as he falls to the ground.
The perpetrator then runs towards the exit, but witnesses at the restaurant acted quickly to stop him from leaving.
While many customers hid in the restaurant’s restroom or kitchen, two patrons reportedly helped hold the man down and awaited the arrival of Berkeley police.
“This is the first time we are seeing this incident. It was quite a shock and everyone was scared,” one of the restaurant owners, identified as Sarah, told ABC 7.
According to the Berkeley Police Department, the customer was arrested for aggravated assault.
Sarah said the man acted as he did because of a death in the family.
In a message to people who took action during the incident, which was relayed to ABC7, Sarah said: “I just want to thank you so much for your help and you are very kind. They didn’t hesitate to help us that day. If nobody had done anything that day, the man could have escaped. I really appreciate that you are our customer and a good Samaritan.”
The Good Samaritans were also praised on Twitter for standing up immediately.
“These two clients are absolute HEROES for what they have done. So many people would have just let him walk out the door,” said one user wrote.
Other viewers questioned the client’s actions.
“He was upset because he couldn’t get a free meal? Why would he think he could get free food?” one user tweeted.
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