Kelsy Wallace (Teenage Chili’s Hostess ‘Attacked’) Biography – Kelsy Wallace Wiki
Kelsy Wallace, a teenage Chili’s hostess from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says she was attacked by a group of customers after she attempted to follow COVID-19 regulations at her workplace. The 17-year-old says that on August 9, she informed a group of at least 11 women that they couldn’t all sit together due to Chili’s social distancing policy and the situation quickly deteriorated.
Wallace explained to WAFB9 according to the restaurant’s policy, table sizes are limited to six people. “My general manager and other managers tell us that we cannot sit at a table larger than six because of the corona [virus]. We need to separate them, ”Wallace said. “I couldn’t believe it, more than two in 25 seconds, like three in 10 seconds, I was attacked,” he continued.
The young man, who has been working on Constitution Street since June to earn money for his work at Chili’s, said he did not plan to return to the restaurant.
Wallace told WAFB9 that they were upset when a group told that at least 11 women had emerged and could not sit them side by side. He got one of the managers to help out with this situation and told the exit that he started talking to the group. At that point he claimed that the confrontation had become physical but that they made the first move.
“A girl came and hit me; We’ve just started fighting, ”Wallace said to the exit. “And everyone they were with started hitting me and the first woman who pushed me takes the wet floor mark, pulls back and catches my eye with it.” Wallace said the police department was searched, but the women had left the scene by then.
The young stewardess went to the hospital and got stitches for a cut above her eye. She said that some of her hair was pulled and a few nails were broken.
Chili’s Issued a Statement in Response to the Incident & Said the Group’s Actions ‘Isn’t Tolerated’
A 17 year old host at Chili’s in Baton Rouge was allegedly attacked by a group of 11 or more women Sunday, for enforcing the restaurants social distancing guidelines. Sending her to hospital w/ stitches. Her story & a response from Chili’s on @WAFB at 10. https://t.co/liZ0iDBW6n pic.twitter.com/RQfosFCaUu
— Lester Duhé (@LesterDuhe) August 12, 2020
A spokesperson for Chili’s restaurants issued the following statement about the incident:
We care deeply for every ChiliHead and are disappointed by the incident that took place at our Baton Rouge Chili’s on August 9. We do not tolerate violent behavior in our restaurants, and are taking this incident very seriously as the safety and health of our Team Members and Guests is our top priority. Following this unprovoked attack, we immediately provided medical attention to our Team Member and called the local police department who is looking into this situation. We have made several attempts to contact the impacted Team Member and her family since the incident to provide support, but unfortunately have not received any response.
In addition to the above statement, the manager of the Chili’s where the incident took place said the actions of the group aren’t “tolerated” and they hope that there will be a resolution soon.
GoFundMe Was Started to Raise Money for Wallace
A fundraiser was started by Wallace’s family to raise money for her education, saying that she is “afraid to return to work.” The fundraiser indicates that Wallace is a “dual enroll rising senior at Broadmoor Senior and Career Technical Education Center” and her goal is to attend medical school. The page raised over $12,000 in just under 24 hours, surpassing its goal.
Wallace’s grandmother Lorrain Byrd told WAFB she was shocked by the group’s actions. “I couldn’t believe they would do or act like that, and then I mean, grown women, to fight a 17-year-old child at her job, who’s trying to work to get her graduation things together so she can go off to college,” she said.