J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen is unsurprisingly back in the news. This time, a reveller has claimed she was allegedly assaulted by the establishment staff.
“Last night I was slapped and I had lemons/water thrown at me by a female bartender. This all took place because I merely asked for my change back,” she claimed.
I WAS ASSAULTED AT @JsFreshKitchen FOR TWO HOURS PT. 1 (A THREAD) pic.twitter.com/L4gHz0iALX
— Faiza (@Faysbox) December 13, 2019
According to Ms Hersi, the bartender insisted that she had given back her the change and went on to accuse her of being drunk.
She added that the bartender then called in the bouncers who are said to have attempted to forcibly drag her out of the premises.
“At this point, my reflex is to slap this security to get myself free. Thankfully, my friends Emmanuel Jambo, Big Bear, Barak Jacuzzi, Sean Preezy and others saw the situation escalate while one other security choked Sinatta Okello,” she further explained.
Hersi and her friends claim to have asked to review CCTV footage and speak to the manager, but instead a man by the name Vincent appeared.
He allegedly slapped Ms Hersi after she demanded to speak to the real manager.
The incident was reported at Westlands Police Station.
Js Fresh Bar and Kitchen later released a statement saying that a review of CCTV footage would establish what really happened.
“J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen does not condone and or tolerate acts of violence and or abusive behavior whether from employees, staff or patron,” the statement read.
A few hours later, the establishment released another statement, this time blaming Ms. Hersi and her unruly friends for having stirred the whole situation.
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After thoroughly going through our CCTV footage and placing the time of the incident recorded by @faysflow and her friends, it is clear that she instigated the situation which escalated. Again, J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen does not condone and or tolerate acts of violence and or abusive behaviour whether from employees, staff or patrons.. Legal actions will be taken for defamation. And further investigations are being carried out into how security staff dealt with the violent / aggressive behaviour of the patrons.
In the second video, a lady who was in the company of Ms. Hersi at the counter is seen splashing a drink at a waitress in the middle of a heated verbal exchange.
This isn’t the first time the establishment is courting controversy. Last year, a lady claimed to have been racially abused at the joint.
In a rather shocking response, J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen, which has branches in Westlands and Karen, validated the customer’s complaints while attributing their prefence for Caucasian clientele to the “tip culture, and not racism.”
The establishment later retraced the statement – after it elicited backlash from the public – and issued another statement on their position regarding discriminatory behavior.