The rejected beggar takes his frustration out on the guests in the Nolita restaurant

It was chicken schnitzel with a crazy side dish.

Diners outside at Israeli restaurant 19 Cleveland in Nolita narrowly escaped injury after a beggar got out of joint and hurled a drinking glass at them.

The tramp entered the outdoor dining room at Cleveland Place on September 23 and loudly told diners he needed to take “just a minute” of their time before reciting a sobbing story to get cash, according to a man who Enjoyed dinner at the restaurant with his wife and another couple.

When he was done, the guests went back to their meals – which angered the bum, who picked up the glass.

“He threw it at the back of my head. Luckily he missed it — it flew past my ear,” the diner said. “Glass got into the food and onto the floor and hit people. He ran down the street.”

Guests shouted, but no one pursued the tramp, perhaps out of shock or fear, said the 35-year-old, who lives at the NoMad.

“What am I supposed to do, get up and chase this guy? To what end? The police will come and arrest him and release him immediately?” said the diner. “Who knows if he’s actually armed.”

A beggar went mad after being refused money by a customer eating in the shed.
A beggar went mad after being refused money by a customer eating in the shed.
Helayne Seidman

The diner said that just two days earlier, a homeless man took a sip from a bottle of blue Gatorade and spat on him while walking down Fifth Avenue at the NoMad.

“I didn’t vote for that mayor, but I understood him as a law and order candidate and it seems like things have only gotten worse,” he said. “Across the board, the quality of life has really decreased.”

Eyal Hen, a partner at 19 Cleveland, said beggars have turned up at the restaurant but it has never resulted in violence before.

“Sometimes they even try to get in. We kindly ask them to leave or not to disturb the customers,” Hen said. “It depends what that person looks like. How is his mood. Sometimes they look dangerous so you have to be careful. Sometimes it’s even better to pull him to the side and give him a few bucks from my pocket and say, “Hey, please go.”

He blamed criminal justice reforms for making people think they could get away with it without consequences.

“We all know that things have escalated in recent years,” he said. “People feel like they have the freedom to do things.”

https://nypost.com/2022/10/01/rebuffed-beggar-takes-frustration-out-on-diners-at-nolita-restaurant/ The rejected beggar takes his frustration out on the guests in the Nolita restaurant

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