As Twitchy reported last night, a waiter shielding the Flora Restaurant in Oakland, Calif., as a “mostly peaceful” mob of “Justice for Trayvon” protesters swept by was struck in the face with a hammer. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the waiter, Drew Cribley, suffered three cuts on the left side of his face, a black eye and a swollen cheek.
Cribley said his black-masked attacker passed him on the sidewalk, then started pounding on windows with a hammer when Cribley turned and told him to stop.
“I kind of instinctively pushed him away,” Cribley said. “That’s when he turned back at me and cracked me in the cheekbone.”
Cribley, a lifelong Oakland resident, said the interaction happened so quickly that he did not consider the assailant would swing the hammer at him.
“Looking back on it, it was a really stupid thing if you thought I was going to interfere,” he said. “But I just couldn’t picture another person looking a person in the eye and cracking him in the face with a hammer.”
Flora confirmed Cribley was OK, and he expects to be back at work on Thursday.
Confirming our server was hit in head by protester with hammer while guarding restaurant from further damage. He is ok after night at ER.
— FloraOakland (@FloraRestaurant) July 16, 2013
— J.Lee (@Carlswifeynmama) July 16, 2013
@FloraRestaurant – Can we raise some tips for the injured server for medical care and lost wages?
— Kusiak (@cvsiak) July 16, 2013
@FloraRestaurant super saddened by this. Catch this bastard. We'll be sure to tip big our next visit.
— lloydman (@lloydman) July 16, 2013
— Laurie Vega S. (@lorenamvs) July 17, 2013