Manager Says Chelsea Coffee Shop Is Plagued By Violent Homeless Crowds
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The manager of a Manhattan coffee shop says he is concerned for the safety of his employees because of violent incidents at the hands of the homeless.
Manager Matt Fury said since his “Think Coffee” shop opened at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, he has had to constantly referee what he calls violent homeless crowds repeatedly causing disturbances and even throwing chairs around.
“We’re very concerned for our employees who have to be here for pay and also for the neighborhood,” Fury told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck on Thursday night.
The manager said he has also had to deal with fights and tables being tossed around.
Fury said to make matters worse, when he calls 911, most times, the cops don’t come.
“[We have] such a great relationship with the police at all of our other stores, we would really just like to find out why there’s no response,” he said.
Fury said that while the homeless are part of the community and he welcomes them, the situation has gotten out of control.
“We really are just trying to bring attention to an issue in the community and not a specific one to our store, but something that’s not being addressed,” he said.
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