Applebee's Customer Allegedly Attacks Fellow Diner Because They Weren't Speaking English

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Minnesota: Land of 1000 Restaurant Altercations, apparently.

In a tale of the worst thing to happen at an Applebee’s since, well, any meal at an Applebee’s, a criminal complaint alleges Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch attacked another patron at the Coon Rapids, Minnesota, restaurant on October 30 because the victim wasn’t speaking English. According to Applebee’s employees and the police, Risch, who was there with her husband, became angry upon hearing another customer at a nearby booth conversing in an unspecified non-English language. The complaint states Risch then began yelling at the other patron, to the point where restaurant managers attempted to get her to leave.

This did not go well. Upon being asked to vacate the premises, Risch allegedly continued yelling, then threw her drink at the victim before grabbing a beer mug and smashing it across the victim’s face in a “round house punch” fashion. The victim sustained cuts to her nose, eyebrow, and lip.

Risch attempted to flee the scene, but was caught by responding officers. She’s since been charged with third-degree assault.

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