NEW YORK, NY – Punching down dough is an essential step when making home-made bread.
But punching down someone you work with is an essential step to getting fired, or worse.
A customer in a New York City Panera Bread restaurant caught a confrontation between a female employee and possibly a manager.
The female employee appears to slap the guy who punched her down and had to be restrained by other employees.
Reports say the female employee either quit or was fired. From the looks of things, she wasn’t asking for a reference.
Other employees kept the two away from each other.
Nobody filed charges, but Panera fired both of them and issued a statement saying:
“Today there were reports of a physical altercation between two associates at our Park Avenue South bakery-cafe. We have a zero tolerance policy for violence and worked swiftly with authorities to investigate. The associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera. The health and safety of our associates and guests will always be our top priority."
Panera has a lot of tasty combinations on its menu, but Bread & Punch is not one of them.