Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Do these people know how to party or what? (Total reported casualty count: two people treated for "minor injuries")


El Buffet may not be your idea of Party Central, but people make do with what they have available to them. And  you'll note that it's open 24 HOURS.

by Ken

Just the other night -- New Year's Eve, actually -- I tried hard to allow for the possibility that 2013 might bring us grounds for hope. So far, though, the new year is looking creepily familiar.

Drunken Brawl Over Bathroom Line Mars New Year's Party, Witnesses Say

January 1, 2013 11:45am | By Nigel Chiwaya, Victoria Bekiempis, and Carla Zanoni

INWOOD -- New Year's revelers attacked each other with broken Tabasco bottles at a popular restaurant when a booze-fueled brawl over the line at a bathroom line spiraled out of control Tuesday morning, witnesses said.

Police responded to El Buffet Restaurant, at 217 Dyckman St. at approximately 8 a.m., after receiving a call that a fight had broken out.

According to witnesses, the brawl began when a women grew impatient waiting for the ladies room that was being used by a woman who was throwing up. Tension escalated when she started arguing with the sick woman's friend on line and the two women's boyfriends got involved.

Witnesses said about 10 people stepped into the fray, some of which swiped at each other with jagged hot sauce bottles, police and witnesses said.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged with second degree assault and two people were treated for minor injuries, police said. The assailants name was not immediately available.

A restaurant employee who was locking up the restaurant around 9 a.m. said the melee which involved bottles and a sliced open can of Pepsi was fueled by alcohol.

"They cut people with bottles," he said. "But not bottles of alcohol, it was Tabasco. Hot sauce."

"People drunk all the time. They were partying for New Year's."



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