Attacks on Workers Continue Over Face Masks, General Frustrations

Liz Carey

Wayne, NJ ( – Employees doing their jobs were the subject of several attacks orecently – an all-too-familiar trend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne, N.J. police officers arrested one man for allegedly choking a female Burger King employee on March 27.

According to the Wayne Police Department’s Facebook post, the officers responded to a call at the Burger King on Route 23 South following a report of a man choking a female employee.

Employees said that a man had entered the store earlier in the day and gotten into an argument with the employee over face masks. Although he left the building after the argument, employees said he returned that afternoon, approached the employee, put both hands around her neck and began strangling her. The attack ended when other employees intervened.

Video surveillance at the restaurant showed the man attacking the employee and then fleeing the building.

Officers searched the area and found David Siversten sitting in a driveway nearby. As officers approached, Siversten came up to them and said, “You got me.” Officers described Siversten as “agitated” and “under the influence of alcohol.”

Siversten was arrested under a charge of aggravated assault. But, as officers were processing him, Siversten became uncooperative and began slamming his head into the steel bench he was handcuffed to. Officers transported Siversten to the hospital, and once he was medically cleared, to the Passaic County Jail.

The employee complained of pain, but opted out of going to the hospital.

Miami Beach

Meanwhile, in Miami Beach, Fla., a woman attacked hotel employees when her reservation turned out to be for the next day.

Police said that 35-year-old Michelle Misakyants, of New York City, was arrested Saturday, April 3, after an altercation at the Boulan Hotel. According to police reports, Misakyants dropped her luggage off at the hotel on Saturday morning, and then left.

When she returned later in the day, employees said she appeared drunk and tried to check into her room. Unfortunately, her reservation wasn’t until the next day.

Officials said Misakyants repeatedly got upset and called employees racial slurs. Later, the report said, she punched the hotel manager over a luggage cart. When police were called, she kicked the responding officers.

Misakyants faces several charges, including battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly conduct and depriving an officer of means of protection or communication.


And in New York City, the NYPD is looking for a woman in a “LOVE” t-shirt, who wasn’t very loving at all towards the employee of a laundromat there.

Police said that the woman entered the laundromat on Claredon Road in Brooklyn round 5 p.m. Surveillance video shows the woman walking behind the counter and opening cabinet doors. When an employee of the laundromat approached the woman, she struck the employee with a bottle of laundry detergent she pulled from under the counter.

Video shows that as the LOVE t-shirt woman went to leave, the employee tried to intervene to get the laundry detergent back. At that point, the woman further attacked the employee, striking her repeatedly in the face with the laundry detergent, until the employee fell to the ground.

Police said that the two women had argued earlier in the day.

The victim sustained bruising and swelling of her face, but refused any medical attention.

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