A disturbing cellphone video shows the wild incident in which three tourists from Texas attacked a Manhattan restaurant hostess who had asked for proof they’d been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a report.
One assailant was recorded swinging a wild, overhand blow at the hostess amid the chaos outside Carmine’s on the Upper West Side, according to a 49-second clip obtained by NBC New York and posted on Twitter.
“F–k! Oh my God! What the f–k!” the hostess screamed.
The mobile seating station outside the Italian eatery was also pushed over during the turmoil but was prevented from hitting the ground by two male bystanders.
One of the men then waded into the fracas, grabbed a woman around her torso from behind, lifted her off her feet and carried her away.
A male restaurant worker got caught up in that action when his left arm was apparently snared in the man’s grip while pushing the woman away.
Once everyone was separated, a woman who identified herself as the restaurant’s general manager escorted two other women to the sidewalk.
“She needs to get fired!” one woman said, apparently in regard to the hostess.
“She keeps walking up on us.”
The 24-year-old victim told cops she suffered pain and bruising — and her necklace was broken — during the incident around 5 p.m. Thursday.
It unfolded during a dispute over the existence or legitimacy of the women’s vaccination records, the NYPD said.
City regulations require people 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors at restaurants, catering halls and other gathering places.
The alleged attackers — Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston, and Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, both of Humble, Texas — were charged with assault and criminal mischief and released without bail, cops said.
In a prepared statement Friday, a Carmine’s spokesperson said, “It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living.”
“We are a family-style restaurant, and this is the absolute last experience any of our employees should ever endure and any customer witness,” the spokesperson added.
Andrew Rigie of the NYC Hospitality Alliance called Thursday’s incident “abhorrent” and demanded that city and state officials “immediately increase penalties for assaulting restaurant workers in New York City in conjunction with enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.”
The vaccination requirement for indoor dining went into effect on Aug. 17 and enforcement — which includes a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense — began Monday.