REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — The manager of a California restaurant was hit by a car after he chased two people who dined and rushed out on Monday without paying their bill.
The two people ordered a myriad of items at the Ragin Cajun Café in Redondo Beach, including more expensive items on the menu like steak and lobster, owner Lisa Hodges told Nexstar’s KTLA.
The couple sat in the seats furthest from the outdoor terrace for about 40 minutes before going inside to ask for takeout containers and the check. They left before paying their $90 bill.
“[The manager] came out to clean the table and collect the check, and their checkbook was empty,” Hodges said. “That’s when he saw them drive off.”
In a quick decision, the manager – who did not want to be identified – jumped over a barrier and stood in front of the car, asking diners to pay their bill, Hodges said. They told him to come to the side of the vehicle so they could pay, but when he didn’t move, the driver stepped on the accelerator.
The video was captured as the manager was punched in the parking lot, ending up on the bonnet of the car.
“They spun around so fast that he fell…on the sidewalk,” Hodges explained.
The manager escaped with minor cuts and bruises, but is shaken, the restaurant owner said, despite returning to work on Wednesday.
The dinner and dash pair have been identified only as a white woman and a black man, both in their mid-20s. The suspect vehicle was described as an older red sedan, either a Chrysler or a Ford.
Redondo police told KTLA they are working to identify the two suspects, who have been pending since Wednesday night.