Remember in the Manager’s Handbook, where it says “Do not attack an employee physically or verbally, causing bodily or emotional injury, pain, and/or distress”? We think this manager at the Panera on Park Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan skipped over that part…yikes

In the video above, sent by an anonymous tipster to Gawker, the female employee slaps the enormous male manager. The manager then decks the five-foot employee, knocking her to the ground.

The tipster sent the following statement to Gawker along with the video:

We walked in, in the middle of her quitting her job mid shift. She was yelling at a different manager than the one who hit her and was throwing some bags of chips on the ground, threatening to turn up in this bitch, etc. Really nothing I haven’t seen before or wouldn’t expect from someone who has to work at a fucking Panera all day.

Then out of nowhere white shirt manager approaches her and immediately gets physical with her, keep in mind she’s about 5’2 at most and he was bigger than me… He legit threw her down a flight of stairs and out the front door for really no reason, she runs around to the other entrance to retaliate and that’s where the video starts. You might wanna say she hit him first, but really he had FULL CONTROL over her the entire time, was throwing her around, I think she gets one slap in that was louder than it was painful, then he half punches her once, she spins, and then he REALLY FUCKING PUNCHES her. You can even hear me and my friend yell DON’T HIT HER just before it… I checked on her for a while after the cops left, she seemed ok, she kept saying he really got her in the ear mostly which I know stings like a bitch. She was bleeding a little, and had cuts on her hands but she seemed ok after the adrenaline wore off.

At first, we questioned if this video was staged, but a spokesperson from Panera confirmed the fight to Gawker: “There were reports of a physical altercation between two associates at our Park Avenue South bakery-cafe.”

The spokesperson tells Gawker that Panera is working with authorities to investigate, and that “the associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera.” We sure hope the manager no longer works there, considering he knocked out his subordinate. Jesus. What are they putting in that bread?

[via Gawker]