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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff's Office investigating IHOP fight video

Sheriff's Office investigating IHOP fight video
Thursday, January 27, 2011

 
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Several days after video of a fight at a Midlands restaurant was posted on YouTube, deputies announced they've opened up an investigation into the incident.

A spokesperson for the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said late Wednesday that investigators are now reviewing the video footage to identify the aggressors in the fight.

Deputies were called to the IHOP on North Road in the early morning hours of January 22 after a fight in the dining room left tables, chairs and food all over the place. Interim Sheriff Barbara Walters said management did not wish to file a report at that time and deputies left without making any arrests.

A two minute cell phone video surfaced later that day on the Internet. The video has been viewed over 60,000 times on YouTube and over 34,000 times on wistv.com.

The clip starts out with an unidentified woman yelling "I ride the ride! I ride the ride!" Then she yells "Back off! Back off!" and punches start flying.

The video is unsettling to some Orangeburg residents. "It bothers me that my mother, my family could be out trying to enjoy a simple meal," said Eric Collins. "It makes you wonder... Am I going to be next? Am I going to get caught in this?"

During the brawl, a man with a black jacket with "security" written on the back attempts to break up the fight, but the punching and name calling continues.

Later in the video, a man can be swinging what looks like a cane at an unidentified woman. That same man is seen at the end of the video walking toward the door of the restaurant claiming he 'hasn't done anything.'

Kenneth Collier and his goddaughter are embarrassed the video is getting attention on the Internet. "It just make us look bad, ignorant, all of the above," said Collier. "It's just ridiculous."

"I don't see how you can talk about kids acting the way they do. When grown-ups acting like that. I just don't understand," said Collier. "I guess they're looking for a reality show."

"People need to respect each other," said Collins. "We've got too many problems in this country to watch that on the news. We've got soldiers fighting a war and they fighting over pancakes."

A spokesperson for International House of Pancakes said Tuesday that corporate leaders are looking at the video to determine how to make the dining experience safer for its patrons.

IHOP refused to talk about the incident on camera, but the spokesperson said safety is always the company's top priority. Officials say this was an isolated fight.

Source: http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=13897646

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