Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a man hurled stools at takeaway staff in a late night attack.
The violent outburst was caught on camera at Chicken Bazooka on Ranelagh Place in Liverpool city centre at around 11.20pm on Saturday, September 25.
The incident is said to have happened after the man didn't pay for his food and was subsequently asked to leave.
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Merseyside Police confirmed they received a report of staff being assaulted at the takeaway by a man who threw furniture and spat at them.
In the footage, the man can be seen pushing a till off the counter as another customer tries to calm him down.
Mustafa Alliabi said his dad Nizar, 63, who owns the takeaway, was forced to pick up a paddle, which is used to take pizzas in and out of the oven, in a bid to protect himself.
Mustafa, 32, told the ECHO: "It was Saturday night, it was quite busy and he was waiting for his food.
"Usually, the procedure is you order your food, you pay for it, and then the food gets prepared.
"My dad asked him to pay and he didn't pay. He was talking to someone and then he said 'where's my food? And my dad said 'you've still not paid for your food."
It was at this point that Mustafa said the man started "mouthing off" and swearing before he was asked to leave.
Mustafa said: "My dad asked him to leave and that's when he responded 'I'm a bouncer you don't ask me to leave' - and that's when it escalated."
In the video, the man can be seen picking up a red metal bar stool and hurling it in Nizar's direction, before going back and picking up a second stool.
The man threw a total three stools across the restaurant as two customers tried to intervene.
Merseyside Police said the man was reported to have made off on foot up Mount Pleasant in the direction of Clarence Street.
He is described as a black male, around 6ft tall, who was wearing all black clothing.
Mustafa said his dad was left with bruising down his left arm and a cut to his leg as a result of what happened.
He added: "The fact he's thrown three stools at people in itself shows he doesn't care what happens if that hits people.
"If that had hit someone in the head or in the face it's game over.
"He tried to get into the kitchen but the door was locked. What worries me the most is if he got into the kitchen I don't know what he would have done."
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Detective Inspector Chris Saidi said: “We simply will not tolerate such violence towards people simply carrying out their business in our communities and we are working to find the man responsible and bring him to justice.
“If you were in the Mount Pleasant area on Saturday night and witnessed the incident, or saw the man described making off from the area, then please let us know.
“Similarly if you captured any mobile phone or dashcam footage when driving on Mount Pleasant then please contact us. Information you hold could be vital to our enquiries.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC, on Twitter, Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook or ring 101 quoting reference 21000668786. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here.