Staff locked the side door and waited for the man to leave while he took a pastry he had grabbed and smeared it across the windows. Eventually, an employee left the cafe to ask him to leave. The man swung at the staffer, and a fight broke out. Another employee grabbed a chair and ran to her co-workers’ aid as customers also jumped in.
“I’ve been here two years, and you get this in these places in the South of Market and other parts of the city, but not the Castro,” said the injured employee, who suffered a cut to the heel of his hand and a bruise to his right arm.
Customer Joel Harmon told The Standard he had popped in for his usual croissant and oat milk latte when the fracas broke out. Harmon said he asked the man to stop and move on before threatening to call the police.