Sheriff vows probe in Orangeburg food fight

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Days after video of a brawl at the North Road IHOP hit the Internet, officials lined up Tuesday to assure the public that Orangeburg is a place where families can eat in safety.

While restaurant employees initially said they didn't wish to file a police report on the incident, "We are not going to stop with that," interim Sheriff Barbara Walters told the Orangeburg Times & Democrat on Tuesday.

IHOP "is a public place where people expect to go and enjoy a meal with family members. Conduct like that cannot be tolerated," she said. "Law enforcement needs to send a message that Orangeburg County is not a haven for criminal activity and persons of that violent nature."

The fight broke out about 5 a.m. Saturday, reportedly when a person became upset because someone else was served first. A cellphone video of the fight drew tens of thousands of hits after it was posted on several websites.



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