ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A public altercation turned violent Sunday evening when witnesses say an employee at the KFC chain location on W. Northern Lights Boulevard punched a patron in the head in the middle of the dining area.
A portion of that incident, including a physical strike, was captured on camera and shared on social media. That video can be viewed in full below.
In the video, two men can be seen addressing one another, with the older man already on the ground, and the KFC employee standing in front of him. The older patron can then be seen getting up and walking away, and the employee's arm can be seen flashing out, with the camera then turning on the older man, who is visibly sent staggering from an impact.
According to Ake Pulega, who uploaded the video online, she says that the older man "said something to the employee that lead to the employee punching him over and over." She told Channel 2 that she was in the restaurant at the time, and that the employee was cleaning the store when the altercation broke out. The old man refused to leave the store before the fight broke out, Pulega said.
In the social media post, Pulega writes that she "spoke with the manager, his words was (sic) 'he did what he had to do.'" No KFC manager could comment on that statement.
Sherman Young, the director of operations for the Anchorage KFC office, confirmed that the employee was "terminated last night" following the incident. He said that he could not comment any further on the matter.
Young referred KTUU to Yum Brands, the company that owns KFC as well as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. In a statement issued via email on Monday, a KFC spokesperson said the following:
"The actions of the employee in this video are unacceptable and he was terminated immediately following the incident."
Though some on social media said that police were called to the location, Renee Oistad, a spokesperson with the Anchorage Police Department, said, "No one called APD. So we are not investigating right now as no one has made a report with us."