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IHOP waitress accused of menacing diner, Nassau police say

This Google Maps image shows the IHOP restaurant

This Google Maps image shows the IHOP restaurant in Massapequa Park in September of 2016. Photo Credit: Google

A waitress at an IHOP restaurant in Massapequa Park has been charged with menacing a customer with a knife during a dispute, Nassau County police said.

The owner of the restaurant, Camile Gnolfo, said in a statement that the waitress and other workers were reacting to “what they viewed as an immediate threat to their personal safety.”

Rhonda Kelly, 50, of West Babylon, was given a desk appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court at a later date to face the misdemeanor charge, police said.

The encounter was reported at 9:27 a.m. Friday, a police spokesman said. He did not have any details on the nature of the dispute.

NBC 4 New York, quoting the unidentified mother, said the waitress had argued with a couple who were with their two special needs children, both of them under 4 years old.

“The well-being of our guests and team members is paramount,” Gnolfo said. “This was a situation that would be difficult for anyone to imagine and we wish the outcome had been different.”

Kelly could not be reached for comment.

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