A co-ed brawl broke out early Saturday morning at a Philadelphia-area Wawa convenience store.
It is as yet undetermined what prompted the ruckus at the franchise, whose slogan is “gotthahava Wawa,” but it involves several individuals delivering punches to one customer, as well as food packages being tossed on the floor. The incident was recorded by at least one cell phone camera.
A Facebook user uploaded the footage (embedded below) to the social network, where it has received about 500,000 views so far. Note: NSFW because of language.
At first, it was just a lot of yelling, before the situation got out of hand.
“The video, posted to Facebook by Marvin Lee, shows patrons inside the convenience store throwing food on the ground and yelling at an employee. Then, the group appears to turn on another customer, throwing punches at him. Eventually, some of the unruly patrons leave the store,” PhillyVoice explained.
“It’s not clear at which Wawa location the fight broke out, but some Facebook users who commented on the video suggested it was the Torresdale Avenue location in Northeast Philly,” MetroPhilly theorized.
The Wawa 24-7 convenience store chain, with more than 20,000 employees, and which is primarily known for its hoagies (a regional term for sub sandwiches), has about 700 outlets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and several other states. It is headquartered in Wawa, Pennsylvania, a subdivision of the Philadelphia suburb of Chester Heights.
In case you were wondering, according to the corporate website, “‘Wawa’ is a Native American word for the Canada Goose that was found in the Delaware Valley over 100 years ago. Our original Dairy farm was built on land located in a rural section of Pennsylvania called Wawa. That’s why we use the goose on Wawa’s corporate logo.”
In an unrelated incident just about a year ago, a naked woman was spotted strolling along New Jersey’s Route 130 before heading into a busy Delran Wawa convenience store to apparently do some shopping. Store employees asked her to leave, and she supposedly drove off in a car that was packed with clothes and other belongings, the Inquisitr reported.
Against the backdrop of scuffles that occur at fast-food eateries as well as retail stores across the country, usually but not always after midnight, a fundamental question is again raised: is this kind of violence occurring with more frequency and intensity across America or, in the alternative, do we just happen to find out about it more often and faster by way of smartphones, plus the immediacy of social media?
Wawa seems to be a happening place. Another Philadelphia Wawa store was allegedly the scene of a late-night confrontation between high-profile Fox News anchor Sean Hannity and a customer during the Democratic National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love. A Bernie Sanders delegate, whose last name happened to be Fox, apparently tapped Hannity on the shoulder and joked that he wanted his “good name back from your channel.”
“Fox said he was trying to be funny but the TV personality took it the wrong way. He said Hannity turned to him and told him to ‘get his hands off’ him or he would ‘pulverize’ him,'” Lancaster Online reported.
LIE. One customer who seemed to be having a really rough night met me and my bodyguards, he shut up very fast. Lol https://t.co/U3w39t0geV— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 26, 2016
When Fox said, “see ya Lumpy,” (the derisive nickname given to Sean by Jon Stewart), Hannity allegedly got angry and started to put up his dukes. “Fox said it died down after that and the two groups went their separate ways without incident.”
“It’s possible to imagine that Fox had a little buzz going when the incident occurred, as Hannity implies. But it’s pretty difficult to imagine he was being confrontational. He seems like an easygoing guy,” PhillyMag asserted.
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