Waldo Montano, the manager of a Hooters Restaurant in Plano, Texas, was viciously attacked by a group of black males in an event that left him with a broken arm after he asked the group to cease their sale of candy bars on restaurant grounds.
“It all escalated so quickly – it was out of my control. I didn’t think kicking these kids out would up with me getting hit in the head with a steel bar or getting beaten up,” Montano said.
“He hits me with a steel pipe and I’m disoriented and don’t know what to do,” the victim added.
The aggravated assaults occurred after Montano attempted to escort the group of restaurant property, as it is company policy that all solicitation is prohibited on the premises.
It was not until the manager escorted the group outside that some adults with the group began to argue with him. “They need to learn how to own up to their actions,” the injured Hooters manager said.
Before taking off, one of the shirtless perpetrators, an adult, broke the glass door of the restaurant with a nearby cigarette disposal bin.
“I felt fear. I felt genuine fear like I didn’t know what to do,” he added.
A waitress at the Texas Hooters restaurant shared her concerns over the attack. “We’re just constantly looking over our shoulders, just worrying. Is this going to happen again? Why did it happen to us? At our restaurant?” the Hooters waitress asked.
Another waitress was taken to the ER and treated for injuries stemming from the attack, WFFA reported.
“They’ve come in several times since I’ve been working there for over a year. Solicitation is not allowed – I was pushing them out, and they started wrecking the place up,” Montano added. “We’re all human – we have feelings. We’re all going through our own battles in life, so it gives nobody the right to come in and treat us like trash. I was just doing my job.”