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Fox6 reported out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 6 about a case of a disgruntled customer caught on tape. The surveillance video from a George Webb restaurant recorded a dreadlocked customer going behind the counter to yell at a female employee before lashing out in rage and punching a woman working near the fryer. The police would later learn that the customer was irate at the waitress for taking too long and had demanded a refund. When the waitress went to talk to her manager about it, the man followed her into the kitchen to complain. The video shows the man aggressively approaching a female server while obviously yelling. Out of nowhere, he punches a female employee in the face. At that point, the female server, who was carrying concealed, pulled out her pistol and pointed it directly at the abusive customer. The man realized that he was no match for a bullet and left the restaurant. Local Alderman Bob Donovan talked about the incident, which occurred in his district. "It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual.... For a man to do that to some innocent woman, it's just beyond me.... An individual capable of this kind of behavior is a threat to all of us.... I thank God the other waitress had a concealed carry weapon, has a permit.... I shudder to think, had she not been there and had she not had this weapon, what this guy might have done," Donovan told Fox6.

The two women involved in the encounter talked to Fox6 about their thoughts on what happened. Veronica Kaehler, the woman who got punched while working at the fryer and is the store manager, said that the suspect was a regular at the restaurant. "I have served this guy many times and never had a problem." Kaehler was stunned when she was hit: "He didn't even look at me when he punched me." Kaehler also said she was fortunate she didn't fall into the grill and sustain even more serious injuries.

Miranda Schaefer, the server who pulled her gun on the attacker, said, "I had to put two hands on the gun to show them, like, 'I am serious. You need to go.'" Ironically enough, it was only a day earlier that the restaurant owner told Schaefer she was permitted to bring her gun to work for her own safety. Both Kaehler and Schaefer acknowledged that crime is rampant in the neighborhood and is only getting worse. The restaurant upgraded its security, but Schaefer quit the night of the incident, feeling that her paycheck was not worth the risk. Kaehler will continue to work there because, she said, she loves her co-workers and regular customers too much to quit. ?

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT: "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."; assault and self-defense incidents in Wisconsin
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U3WI
Date:Sep 3, 2018
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