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Social distancing dispute turns into a brawl at a restaurant in Arkansas

A wild brawl broke out inside an Arkansas restaurant this past weekend over social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The caught-on-camera quarrel erupted on Saturday inside the Saltgrass Steak House in Little Rock after a woman wearing a face mask confronted patrons who stood too close to her, according to bystanders.

What actually happened?

As the video starts, the accuser – who can be seen sitting down wearing a mask – can be heard saying ‘you got to move, you got to be six feet away from me’.

Seth Crews recorded this violent incident on his cellphone. He told KARK 4 News that he and his brother were having dinner at the eatery when they heard screaming coming from the bar area.

“All the restaurant employees were trying to help, they were just in shock like the rest of us,” Crews said.

A police report obtained by the news outlet says a restaurant employee saw a woman wearing a face mask telling two others that they were sitting too close. That worker also claimed that the same woman purposely coughed on other customers.

 

The full video of the incident is spreading like wildfire throughout social media.

According to witnesses, a man seen in the video wearing a USA shirt then deliberately got even closer, escalating the situation.

The boyfriend of the woman wearing the mask then apparently hit the man with a bottle before dozens of people wound up involved in the brawl, witnesses said.

“The guy came up and was touching on his back and giving him a little shove and he just wasn’t taking it and that’s when it all started,” Crews told the news outlet.

Police were called and statements were taken from those involved including restaurant staff, though KARK says nobody has so-far pressed charges.

The footage does not clearly show a push, though at one point he appears to lurch a little – as if shoved.

Police were called to the steakhouse, in Little Rock, following the fight on Saturday – but say that so far nobody is pressing charges

Cases are still in an uprise

The US is currently seeing a wave of coronavirus infections, particularly in southern states and California, as governors attempt to ease out of lockdown.

Daily infections have now topped 40,000 per day, with disease expert Anthony Facui warning they may soon be over 100,000 per day.

Written by Sandipan Kundu

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