Pancake pandemonium: 2 IHOP employees charged after flapjack fracas in front of customers
Customers at the IHOP restaurant in Dalton were served up quite a bit of drama Saturday in addition to their pancakes.
Two women now face charges after police say the fight ended with one of them trying to run over the other in the parking lot.
Before that, police say customers had to dodge plates, pots and pans that the two were throwing at each other.
One customer. Ashley Nicole Dodson Green caught part of the fight on video (WARNING: this video contains strong language):
The incident happened Saturday a little before noon, according to an affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9.
Police say a cook and a server got into a disagreement over an order. The affidavit says Zarcola Jones, a server, told Anitra Perkins, a cook, that an order was wrong, and that she would have to remake it.
The affidavit says Jones replied "B----, I didn't make it wrong," and that Perkins told her not to speak to her that way. Jones told investigators that Perkins then said "I'm going to whoop your ass," and then threw something at her.
As the video above shows, that fight then escalated with both Perkins and Jones throwing plates, pots and pans at each other. At one point, one customer suffered burns from hot grease from a thrown pan.
The confrontation then escalated in the parking lot. The affidavit says Jones told officers Perkins said she had a gun, and that when she (Jones) followed Perkins into the parking lot, that she tried to run her over with her car several times in a row. Witnesses told investigators that at the point she went out to the parking lot, Jones had a knife in her hand. Jones' car suffered damage on the door side, preventing her from getting out of the driver's seat that way. Several witnesses corroborated the account of what happened in the parking lot to police.
The affidavit says the officer did not put Perkins into custody because she had a child with her, but did say she was facing charges and would be arrested later. Perkins is charged with aggravated assault, battery, disorderly conduct, and second degree criminal property damage.
The officer then took Jones into custody. She's charged with aggravated assault, battery, and disorderly conduct.
This is a developing story and will be updated.