A Sheffield barista was assaulted as he opened up to start his shift, sparking a police investigation.
Officers were called to reports a 24-year-old man was assaulted in an ‘unprovoked attack’ by a ‘Polish speaking’ man around 10am on Sunday, October 16, in Orchard Square in Sheffield city centre.
The employee, who does not want to be named, suffered a swollen eye and said the incident had left him shaken.
The barista said: “These two guys came in with coffee cups from a different shop and I asked them politely to leave but they soon started being abusive.
“I told them to leave again and I rang security.
“I walked around the counter and one of the men punched a chalkboard in my face – it was completely unprovoked.”
The employee was left with a black eye and called the police shortly afterwards.
He said his attacker returned to the store and threatened the barista, again in Polish.
“It shook me up.
“I didn’t feel like I wanted to return to work – I didn’t feel safe.
“No-one can do their job properly if they’re being threatened or assaulted.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers were called at around 10am on Sunday, October 16, following reports of an assault at a coffee shop in Orchard Square in Sheffield city centre.
“It is reported that a 24-year-old man was working inside the business when two men walked into the premises.
“It is alleged that the men became verbally abusive towards the 24-year-old.
“It is then believed that one of the men threw an object at the 24-year-old, causing a minor facial injury.
“The men reportedly left the premises shortly after the incident.”
n Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to call 101 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting incident number 393 of October 16, 2016.