The grand opening of a Fat Tuesday daiquiri bar at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY ended in violence after a brawl broke out among the people waiting for their chance to sample the bar’s product. 300-400 people were allegedly present, with about 30 involved in the brawl that spread from the bar, into the food court, finally made its way out into the parking lot.
One witness described the event like “the Royal Rumble,” and the clips don’t lie. Chairs go flying and a mass of people just seem to start clashing. Here’s a bit of the calm before the storm:
CBS in New York attempted to collect all of the eyewitness accounts from the events of the evening:
“Didn’t really see much of people calling the cops, you just see people trying to get footage of it,” witness Jermaine Carry told 1010 WINS’ Darius Radzius.
In the video, taken around 10:30 p.m., people are seen hurling chairs across the food court and throwing punches as innocent bystanders try to run out and avoid injury.
Carry told the Associated Press some line-cutting sparked ire as hundreds of people waited to buy daiquiris at a new Fat Tuesday bar. He says then it was “like a wild frat party gone wrong.”
“All I remember was it was chairs flying everywhere, it was chaotic. It was too much going on at one time a lot of people were there, the line was ridiculously long,” witness Elize Brown said.
Repairs from the fight could cost up to $4000 and at least a handful of people were injured, including security guards and people that weren’t even involved in the fighting. Three men have already been arrested for the fighting, but police are reportedly still looking while working to make sure nothing else happens. You can see more angles of the fighting below.