A Texas man and his business partner went for a food run Monday morning hoping to kick off the week with some apple fritters — and instead got a bitter surprise.
As Mike Markiewicz and his partner approached Shipley Do-Nuts in Houston, they were greeted by two panhandlers asking them for money. When both men said no, the panhandlers got nasty.
"He said, 'Is that your car?' and then he got on the hood of my car," Markiewicz told KTRK-TV.
Markiewicz managed to snap a photo and record a video from inside the shop, showing one of the panhandlers posing on the hood of his vehicle.
"I had no idea what to think, I just knew I had to get some kind of photo evidence," he told KTRK. "I didn't know if the guy had a gun or anything. I wasn't about to go after him."
At one point the video shows one of the panhandlers pulling out a knife and slashing Markiewicz's tire.
"It was just so absurd I didn't even know how to react," Markiewicz said. "It was a circus."
And it only escalated from there.
While other customers called 911, Markiewicz informed the panhandlers that police were on the way. That didn't go over well.
"They picked up a bunch of rocks and started throwing them at us, and then he came out at me with a knife and he started running at me and I turned around to start to run a little bit away from him; then his friend picked up a brick and hit me in the back with it," he recalled.
The men then reportedly jumped in a truck and escaped before police arrived. But by then Markiewicz had plenty of evidence.
"Get them off the streets because if they end up hurting somebody, that's something that I think we definitely ... must avoid," he told KTRK.
In the end Markiewicz said what was supposed to be a $1.39 breakfast run ended up costing him $300 in damages. So far no arrests have been made.