Fry shop owner says ‘destructive animals’ caused $25K in damages, nobody stepped in to help staff

The trio of women who allegedly trashed a Lower East Side french fry shop because of a $1.75 charge for dipping sauce left behind $25,000 in damages — and terrified staffers, the owner of the business told The Post.

Just as bad were the more than 20 people who celebrated the mayhem and did nothing to stop it, said Bel Fries proprietor Annalee Schlossberg.

“Not only were [the women] crazy, destructive animals, but everyone just stood by and watched,” the 23-year-old entrepreneur said. “Everyone outside was recording and laughing and cheering on the girls, which is the most disgusting part.”

Schlossberg, whose two-year-old eatery is in the heart of the debauchery-filled area nicknamed Hell Square, said she plans on increasing security to keep her employees safe.

“I’m thinking I’ll need a bouncer and protective glass across the entire counter so no one can get through,” she said.

The furious French fry fiasco unfolded July 3, when Pearl Ozoria, 27, Chitara Plasencia, 25, and Tatiyanna Johnson, 23, were asked to pay $1.75 for extra dipping sauce, staff claims.

Three women trashed Bell Fries in Manhattan after being asked to pay a charge for dipping sauce.
Three women trashed Bell Fries in Manhattan after being asked to pay a charge for dipping sauce.
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One of the woman standing on the french fry shop's counter.
One of the woman standing on the french fry shop’s counter.
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The women caused $25,000 in damage.
The women caused $25,000 in damage.
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The women went ballistic, tearing down the plexiglass COVID guard along the counter, ripping out the cash register and hurling glass bottles and stools at the employees, viral video of the episode showed.

“I felt so angry because I couldn’t do anything. These are ladies,” said fry cook Rafael Nunez, 38, who captured the insanity on his phone. “I had knives in the shop, but I can’t use those. Recording was the only way to defend myself.”

Employee Maria Baez, 33, who needed a staple in her head after being struck by one of the tablet cash registers, said she hasn’t left her house since the incident.

According to Bell Fries owner Annalee Schlossberg, none of the other customers did anything to help stop the women.
According to Bel Fries owner Annalee Schlossberg, none of the other customers did anything to help stop the women.
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The women destroyed the shop's tablet cash register.
The women destroyed the shop’s tablet cash register.
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She was appalled at the onlookers who appeared to revel in the chaos.

“I’m barely five feet tall. I couldn’t defend myself,” she said. “I’ve never felt so cornered and attacked. My coworkers couldn’t jump in otherwise the whole crowd may have come at them.”

“I told Annalee I’m still afraid,” she added. “I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.”

Police arrived shortly after the blitz ended, and with blood dripping down her head, Baez helped cops identify the alleged attackers.

Chitara Plasencia in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 8, 2022.
Chitara Plasencia in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 8, 2022.
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Tatiana Johnson in court. The women were charged with assault.
Tatiana Johnson in court. The women were charged with assault.
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“I never thought this was something that would happen to me,” she said. “I don’t even feel like going to work because as a mother my priority is getting home to my child.”

Like Baez, Nunez is frightened to return to work, too.

“I’m thinking about sticking around with the job, but I’m worried something like this might happen again,” he said.

Schlossberg said she is planning on increasing security by hiring a bouncer and installing protective glass.
Schlossberg said she is planning on increasing security by hiring a bouncer and installing protective glass.
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The three women appeared before Judge Jonathan Svetkey in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday on assault charges.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly Moran requested grand jury proceedings for Plasencia and Johnson, and the two are due back in court next month.

Ozoria, who allegedly hit an officer while she was being arrested, was held on bail of $5,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

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