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Waitress abducted, beaten, tossed from vehicle after confronting diners who left restaurant without paying $70 bill

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Image source: Washington Township (N.J.) police

A waitress was abducted, beaten, and tossed from a vehicle after she confronted a group of diners who left a New Jersey "family restaurant" without paying their $70 bill Saturday night, WPVI-TV reported.

Image source: WPVI-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

Washington Township police said five suspects attempted to leave a Nifty Fifty's restaurant without paying at about 11:15 p.m., and a waitress tried to stop them — only to be pulled inside a white Dodge Durango and assaulted as the vehicle drove off.

Surveillance video shows the 20-year-old waitress, dressed in a red shirt, exiting the restaurant and running toward the vehicle in question — only to get pulled inside it, WPVI reported.

Image source: WPVI-TV video screenshot

"They pulled her into the vehicle and assaulted her inside the vehicle," Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik told WPVI.

A passenger also appears to exit the vehicle and run off as the abduction takes place.

What happened next?

"The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn, and was heading south toward Monroe Township, and pushed her out of the vehicle," Gurcsik added to the station.

Image source: Washington Township (N.J.) police

Washington Township is about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia.

The waitress was able to run back to the restaurant and call authorities, police told WPVI, which added that she was taken to a local hospital with bruises and a possible concussion and then released.

Image source: Washington Township (N.J.) police

"They're having trouble finding wait staff due to the pandemic, and she came out to confront them," Gurcsik also told the station.

'Say it ain't so'

John Hill, a Nifty Fifty's employee, told WPVI he's shocked by the incident.

"Say it ain't so," Hill told the station. "As an employee, that makes me feel bad. And mad."

WPVI added that restaurant customers the following evening said they were shocked by the incident.

"This is such a family restaurant; oh, this is crazy," Stacie Garris-Oliver of Lindenwold, N.J., told the station.

Anything else?

Police told WPVI that restaurant employees should try to take down license plate information of those who leave the premises without paying for their meals.

"Do not chase after accused suspects and confront them yourselves," Gurcsik told the station.

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