IHOP manager assaulted over lack of refills, police say

An IHOP manager and another employee were assaulted Thursday morning after a group of patrons became upset when they learned their refills of orange juice were not free, police said.

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The group started causing damage inside the restaurant and assaulted the manager around 11:45 a.m., WLOS reported.

"We never want to see anyone injured," Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse told WLOS, "especially over the bill at a restaurant."

Both of the people who were assaulted were taken to a nearby hospital and later released.

"IHOP franchisees work hard to create a safe, welcoming environment for their team members and our guests. The type of unprovoked, violent behavior displayed by this guest has no place in any business and goes against our core values as a brand," the IHOP spokesperson said in a statement.

Police said they are investigating, including reviewing security footage.

No other information has been released.

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