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A Customer Punched and Injured Workers at the East Bay Outpost of Beloved Bakery Starbread

There has been no arrest made in the attack

The exterior of the Starbread shop in Pittsburg. Google Maps
Dianne de Guzman is a deputy editor at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, upcoming openings, and pop-ups.

Staff at an East Bay location of Starbread Bakery, known for its wonderful senorita bread seen at many a Bay Area party, had a run-in with an irate customer who allegedly repeatedly punched and injured both an employee and the owner. Store manager Jesse Sanchez told KTVU the customer was banned from the Pittsburg store during the holidays for not following COVID-19 protocols by social distancing. The customer returned July 18 to buy bread and — after allowing him to make a purchase — staff reminded him not to return. The man then reportedly stated his twin brother was the one who was banned. Sanchez says they gave the customer “the benefit of the doubt and even offered him a refund.”

The man then “demanded respect because he was in the military” KTVU reported, and things took a turn for the worse: he shoved the register, a doughnut case, and threw a credit card machine. After briefly leaving, he returned and apparently punched an employee in the head and eye, while the owner suffered a fractured hand and broken finger in the scuffle. No arrests have been made.

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