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A waitress in New Jersey was beaten and abducted after attempting to secure payment from diners who left her restaurant without paying.
Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik told CBS Philadelphia the event was “a brazen abduction, robbery, aggravated assault, possible kidnapping.” The 20-year-old victim suffered a possible concussion and skin abrasions on her neck and face. She was lucky to escape without more serious injuries, Gurcsik said.
Five people were involved in the attack, three males and two females. They left Nifty Fifty’s – a 1950s style diner on a major road in Washington Township – at 11:15pm on Saturday 19 June without paying their $70 bill.
Although the establishment said in a Facebook post that their company policy dictates that “that servers are not responsible for walkouts,” their waitress followed them to their vehicle to retrieve their payment.
As she did so, she was forced into a white Dodge Durango, wherein she was allegedly assaulted and then driven – against her will – down Route 42, say police, where she was forced out of the vehicle and able to walk back to her workplace and contact the police.
A statement from the Nifty Fifty’s restaurant published to their Facebook page says that “We value our employees and want them to know that no amount of money is worth their lives, nor is it their responsibility. We are sending thoughts and prayers to our employee for a speedy recovery.”
The Washington Township Police Department has yet to respond to Insider’s call for comment.