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California fast food worker loses right eye after standing up to bully of special needs boy

woman loses right eye for standing up to bully

A 19-year-old fast food worker from California tried to stop a man from bullying a boy with special needs while she was at work. The Bay Area resident loses right eye from the incident. Suspects are still at large.

According to KNTV, Bianca Palomera was working at Habit Burger Grill in Antioch, California, on November 12. During her shift, she noticed four men harassing a boy with special needs, the brother of one of her co-worker. He was waiting for them until their shift ended.

Palomera told KNTV, “He was throwing threats and slurs saying that he was going to “beat him up,’ ‘why does he keep looking his way?’ That’s when I step in and I said, ‘It’s not right what you’re doing.”

Once Palomera spoke up, the man turned his attention to her, punching her in the face. The surveillance footage of the attack was shared on Facebook by Palomera’s sister.

After the man punched her, a brawl ensued, with multiple customers involved. Palomera was able to free herself from the man, who then fled the store with the three others he arrived with. They took off in a silver BMW, according to KNTV. In the Facebook post, her sister said the men appeared to be between 16 and 21 years old.

Palomera told KNTV, “He punched me once, and my headset and glasses went flying off my face.”

She ended up in the hospital after the attack when she learned she would lose her right eye. Her sister wrote on Facebook, “As a result of the attack she was rushed to a nearby trauma center where she underwent emergency surgery. Unfortunately, she sustained irreversible injuries and loses right eye completely.”

After the incident, the family did launch a GoFundMe to help cover the medical costs for Bianca. As of this writing, they have raised over $100,000.

Palomera has been slowly recovering at home and told KNTV she does not regret confronting the bully. She said, “This is the last thing I would have expected out of anything. I don’t fully regret helping, stepping in. It could have been worse for my coworker’s brother.”

In a statement from Habit Burger, they said, “The Habit Burger Grill prioritizes the safety of our team members and customers in our restaurants, and we condemn violence in any form. We extend our full support to our team member as they recover, and we are fully assisting the authorities in their efforts to identify the suspected attackers.”

The Antioch Police Department said the investigation is still open, and no arrests have been made yet.

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