SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA -- A fight between several young women erupted early Sunday in a Redlands, Calif. Denny's, and it turned into a silverware-tossing, plate-smashing brawl as miniskirted participants traded kicks and punches on the dining room floor, the manager on duty said.
No serious injuries were reported, but several people were cited, and Redlands police have requested a copy of surveillance video, Denny's manager Heather Bruhl told Redlands-Loma Linda Patch.
Someone in the restaurant recorded part of the chaos on video, posted it on YouTube, and sent R-LL Patch the link. Bruhl said the video showed what happened at the downtown Redlands Denny's.
"We were having our normal 2 o'clock bar rush," Bruhl said in a phone interview. "Some people came in and got mouthy with another table. So we asked them to leave.
"The party, it was about four girls and four guys, they were leaving," Bruhl said. "Another party with some other girls at a table, they laughed. And the people leaving said 'Don't laugh at us, you don't know us.'
"The laughing party, one of them said, 'Excuse me, we're not even talking to you,'" Bruhl said. "One of the girls in the laughing party stood up and threw something, then she broke a plate, and it was on. It was a melee, complete chaos."
Bruhl said there was a handicapped man sitting at the counter, and she tried to protect him because the women were fighting so close to him.
"It was crazy," Bruhl said. "Some of the girls fighting were in short skirts and high heels. . . . It looked like a bomb went off in here, broken glass, broken plates. Tables overturned. It took about 30 minutes to clean up."
Some customers left and some stayed, Bruhl said. The police arrived quickly, four or five officers, and they issued citations to some of the people involved, Bruhl said.
There did not appear to be any serious injuries, but there was some blood on the floor where apparently someone stepped on broken glass or broken plates, Bruhl said.
General manager Jose Davila said the Denny's, at Redlands Boulevard and Orange Street, is popular among bar patrons after nearby establishments close.
"The fight, it happened early this morning," Davila said. "Sometimes we get really busy after the bars close. A lady called to complain about it, asking why did we allow it.
"But we don't allow this," Davila said. "All we can do is call the police. They came really fast. They checked the security cameras and they want a copy."
A copy of the YouTube video is attached to this report. It can also be viewed at this link youtube.com/HiAB_6Z3QKU. Viewer discretion is advised for language and partial nudity.