According to a Fremont, Calif. man, he was left with broken bones and three missing teeth after being attacked at a Denny’s, ABC7 reports.
Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Frederick Ibonie was waiting for his food at the diner when he overheard a person he claims was a DoorDash driver berate the employees at the restaurant because the order he was expecting was not ready.
Ibonie, who is a waiter at a nearby barbecue restaurant, felt he had to defend the workers. He apparently told the delivery person, “You need to calm down. It’s Denny’s, these people are working their butts off.”
He then said the delivery driver allegedly pushed another customer and punched Ibonie in the face before running away. Three of Ibonie’s teeth were knocked out and he suffered a fractured nose and palate. He had to receive ten stitches in his lip.
Frederick Ibonie is missing 3 teeth, has a fractured nose/palate and 10 stitches in his lip.
He says a DoorDash employee attacked him at this Denny’s in Fremont. He says the man was berating Denny’s servers for not having an order ready. Ibonie told him to stop and got punched. pic.twitter.com/wd43A1IRTg
— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) April 1, 2019
“I feel like I look like a… monster right now,” Ibonie said.
While Ibonie is certain the attacker was a DoorDash employee — as he was “being verbally aggressive about it to the staff of the Denny’s” — police are investigating to ensure the attacker is identified correctly. A manager at the Denny’s informed Fremont police that there were a number of to-go orders being prepped at the time.
DoorDash tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “At DoorDash, we take the safety of our community extremely seriously. We are investigating the alleged incident and will take action as appropriate, including deactivating the Dasher from our platform.” A spokesperson also clarified that DoorDash delivery drivers are independent contractors and not employees of DoorDash.
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