After asking a table if they could quiet down, five diners allegedly attacked an IHOP employee in Memphis, Tennessee last week. The altercation, caught on video, left manager Mohammad Al Hourani bloody.
According to a police report published on The Smoking Gun, a party of five came in for dinner. One person at the table asked their waitress for silverware and according to that waitress he "had a real bad attitude about it." Al Hourani overheard it, and some “commotion” coming from the table, so he went over to tell the table to quiet down.
Instead of quieting down, Al Hourani told police that the group just got louder. So, he asked them to leave.
That didn’t go over well.
Al Hourani said the table began yelling. Then, some of the suspects left but they "kept coming in and out of the business taunting him."
He called police — that’s when the situation escalated to a physical altercation. The manager told police he was attacked while waiting for law enforcement to arrive.
As he was being attacked "other suspects started throwing glass plates and wooden chairs at him striking him in the head several times." Video shows Al Hourani body slamming one woman as a chair is tossed at him. He throws the chair back at a woman.
He is now back at work.
A potential motive for the violence could have been potential misgendering based on the police report. It states that Al Hourani "advised one of the reasons why the suspects got so upset was because he kept calling them sirs even tho [sic] the suspect [sic] were dressed like ladies."
The suspects range in age from 20 to 25 according to police. One of the suspects, Malachi Okelley, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, according to WREG in Memphis.
[Photos: YouTube, Memphis Police Department]