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Couple beats restaurant owner, her teen daughter over fast food order


Shocking surveillance video shows the moment a Georgia couple brutally beat a restaurant employee and her teenage daughter — all because they weren’t satisfied with their order.

The couple, identified by police as Nathaniel Eric and Latasha Smith, were at the Quik Chick takeout stand next to U.S. Highway 1 in Baxley around 3 p.m. on Thursday when they complained to owner Jeanette Norris that their chicken was too cold and that they didn’t get enough fries, WTOC reported.

Norris checked the food, spoke with the couple for a few seconds and even refunded their money — before Latasha attacked her, slapping and punching her in the face.

“She went berserk,” Norris told the station. “They both lost it, him and her both; started cussing and beating on the window.”

Then the owner’s 15-year-old daughter walked out of a truck parked in front of the eatery — only to be immediately socked in the face by Nathaniel, knocking her off her feet, the video shows.

“One of my employees yelled, ‘He’s got her,’ and that’s when I realized he had hit her,” Norris said. “Who does that? Who punches a child like she’s a grown man standing there? He needs putting under the jail.”

When two other customers arrived, the couple drove off in a silver-colored Cadillac Escalade.

Norris was left with a broken nose after the attack — and her daughter suffered bruises and a concussion, the station reported.

Police told the station that the attack was completely unprovoked.

“I’ve been here, what, 41 years – 30 of them as chief,” said Chief James Godfrey of the Baxley Police Department. “I have never seen anything like this. I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

Cops were able to identify the couple based on tips from WTOC viewers, the station reported. They have active warrants for aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

Police told the station that the suspects are “considered dangerous and have a tendency towards violence.”

“The security camera footage that we put out tells it all,” Godfrey added. “That’s just pure brutality.”

Anyone with tips on the suspects’ whereabouts should contact the Baxley Police Department at at 912-367-8305, or the 911 Center at 912-367-8111 as soon as possible.

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