Recently released footage shows a quick-thinking, concealed-carrying waitress in Wisconsin coming to the defense of a co-worker who was being attacked by an irate customer.
Around 1 a.m. on Friday, June 29, a patron at the George Webb restaurant in Milwaukee walked behind the counter and sucker-punched a woman preparing food. Reports indicate that the man was angry because his meal was taking too long.
Right after he struck the victim, the waitress who was also behind the counter drew her gun and pointed it at the perpetrator. This stopped the man dead in his tracks and allowed the victim to seek cover behind the waitress.
The man, who locals say is a drug dealer, then left the restaurant. Police say they know the man’s identity and are currently looking for him.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said that this incident should be a wake-up call for the community.
“People need to see this,” Donovan told news affiliate TMJ 4. “It’s shocking. But this is what’s happening in some parts of our city. This comes amid a spike in crime in my district. If we don’t start paying attention to neighborhoods that are on the fence, they’re going to fall on the wrong side of the fence.”
Donovan went on to say that it’s telling that the employees at the restaurant feel as though they need to carry guns to work to feel safe.
“It’s so frustrating to me as an elected official that the other waitress felt it so important that she arm herself to come and work in my aldermanic district,” Donovan said. “Yet, I thank God she was armed. Otherwise, I shudder to think what may have happened to those two women.”
The owner of the restaurant allows his staff to carry at work so long as they have a license. However, following the altercation, the waitress opted to resign.
“We were alerted to an incident that took place at our Mitchell Street location on June 29 and are working directly with the injured employee, store manager and franchise owner to review the events,” said a spokesman from the George Webb restaurant in a statement.
“The safety and security of our employees and patrons is our top priority,” it continued. “We are working with our team, and local law enforcement to assess current security measures and determine next steps.”