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Hostess brutally punched by tourists in row over proof of vaccination at diner
September 19, 2021
Shocking video has emerged of a group of tourists attacking a hostess outside a restaurant after they were asked to provide proof of their vaccination status.
The brawl took place at popular Italian diner Carmine's on the Upper West Side in New York City on Thursday afternoon around 5pm.
Videos circulated online shows three tourists, believed to be from Texas, punching the hostess who asked them for proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
One woman wraps her arm around the hostess' neck from behind and another one pushes her towards the reception desk.
Other restaurant staff members can be seen rushing out to break up the women who complain about not being let inside the restaurant.
New York Police responded to the scene and arrested the three women, who aged 21, 44 and 49.
They were taken to New York Police Department's nearby 24th precinct station house.
The hostess, whose name has not been revealed, required hospital treatment after being repeatedly punched and left with bruises and scratches.
Jeffrey Bank, owner of the restaurant, said in a statement: "It's a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living.
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"Our focus right now is caring for our employee and the rest of our restaurant family.
"This is the absolute last experience any of our employees should ever endure and any customers witness."
The New York Police Department confirmed that the tourists have been charged with assault and criminal mischief and were told to appear in court on October 10.
While announcing the plans to require vaccines in August, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said "not everyone's going to agree with this," but added that the rule was needed to help save lives as Covid-19 cases continue to grow across the U.S.