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Cops Probe IHOP Melee Caught On Tape

South Carolina pancake house trashed in wild brawl

JANUARY 25--South Carolina cops are attempting to identify the participants in a wild brawl early Saturday at an International House of Pancakes, video of which has gone viral online.

As seen in the below clip--which includes some cursing--the female combatants are seen punching and wrestling with each other as tables are toppled. At one point, a woman picks up a coffee pot and strikes another woman in the head while she is being pinned to a table. Later, a man is seen swinging a cane at the woman who was struck with the coffee pot. The woman, adopting a lion tamer’s pose, picks up a chair and tosses it at the cane wielder.

When Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived at the IHOP at 5:10 AM, the fight participants had already departed. And despite the restaurant having been wrecked by the brawlers, security and management “did not want to pursue any charges on the incident,” according to a sheriff's report.

However, investigators are “making a diligent effort” to “identify all parties involved,” according to Barbara Walters, the interim sheriff. Walters told TSG that investigators were conducting interviews and piecing together the names (some of which are street names) of those involved in an attempt to make arrests. (1 page)

Comments (39)

Isn't diversity great?
The best thing to happen to Blacks since White sliced bread.
Look, you people are all missing the one burning question this story brings up: When on earth did the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department hire Barbara Walters????? Did she retire from The View?
That white girl is obviously racist for cowering as that black broad walks by, that's racial profiling! I know of NO restaurant in my area that feels a need to have a paid security guard on duty, nor would I ever eat at one that does.
Just ONCE I'd like to see a headline about some uncivilized idiots having a brawl, and be surprised with the fact that they're all white. But not this time. It was just as I expected.
You're joking right? LMAO. Youtube, TruTV, Funny or Die and the like incl. Smoking Gun were created because there was so much White stupidity and it needed a label. You expected wrong and need to get out more.
Black Americans have become an unstable underclass. Unless they CHANGE their uncivilized behavior they will continue their DECLINE. The solution is simple - get an education (not likely to happen with single parents); get married before having children (not likely to happen with the state of devolution of black "culture")... The current situation is simply sliding downhill more rapidly each year and there is NO BLACK LEADER who will speak out against the "sick underclass" in the black community. Patrick Moynihan predicted this years ago, and the Bell Curve describes why this is happening. Only a Civilizing Rennaissance in the Black Community and return to basic human Civilized Values will help these lost souls.
White Americans are the epitome of unstableness in America. They're the vigilantes in schools as well as the serial killers. There are way more trailer trash White Single Mothers and meth addict Fathers sitting in jail and on welfare than there will ever be Blacks. So once that statistic changes, then you may speak.
Yes, there probably are more white single mothers. And there are probably a bit more whites in jail, too. You'd have to expect that, since whites make up about 75% of the population. But how about if we compare PERCENTAGES? 70% of all black babies are illegitimate. Some 30% of all black male adults are either in prison or have been (and more will be at some point.) Don't blame it all on white racism; most crime committed against blacks is BY blacks, and sentencing is about the same for blacks as for whites, when you look at similar prior records. The difference is the expectations. Blacks find it no big deal to have a criminal record, or to quit school, or to have five illegitimate babies with five different fathers. Other cultures still have a sense of shame, and the ability to judge between what is right and what is not. If blacks don't stop listening to those who want to excuse their every ill, or blame it on white racism, they'll just keep going lower and lower.
White girls have the illegitimate baby game on lock since they're sleeping around to get paid and not just laid. I'm not saying Blacks are innocent but the comments against them are ridiculous since they're not the main race that commits all crime. SENTENCING IS NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME FOR BLACKS AS THEY ARE FOR WHITES. Come up to the current generation and get a current view on Black Americans as they're making the same money as you, are as educated as you and one is now even your President. People like you are on a treadmill running in place if you're still thinking Black Americans haven't risen above and beyond.
Throw 'em a basketball. That should settle things right down.
Typical Obama voters.
That's your family fighting? Wow. Well at least they were smart enough to vote for a rocking Prez!
Is this the HOPE part or the CHANGE part? I can't tell.
It's the Silicone Tittie Tea Baggers part. It's easy to tell.
You saw Tea Partiers in that footage? Here's a helpful suggestion -- don't smoke crack before spouting off on the internet.
I know you only smoke at night with your children. My mistake.
This gets funnier every time I watch it. I love how the woman in the gray dress swings her purse around and then puts it down to join the battle. I love the woman in the striped top who stands up on the banquette bench in order to walk away from the action. Also, the guy who TAKES HIS PLATE OF FOOD WITH HIM as he exits the battle area. No doubt he continued eating while the fight progressed, better than a TV dinner. Then the guys vying for the best camera angles are hilarious, as is the blond girl cowering in her booth when the woman in gray walks past her on the way out. I don't eat at IHOP all that often, but I've never been to one that had a security guard.
I'm waiting for the next Sitcom to be Crack Heads gone Wild!
And this is coming from a boy named Cleatus lmfao.
Just give them a little crack and that will settle them down!
What's your address so they can pick it up?
Funny how no one mentions race when whites commit crimes. Bernie Madoff committed crimes that affected many people and ruined many lives...yet no one talks about his race (and nor should they). But when blacks commit crimes, we hear things like "TNB" and "send them back to Africa!". It's a glaring double standard.
Orangeburg is the Watts of SC. I wish I were surprised but alas, this is what one would expect out of the human debris that inhabit Orangeburg.
Even sadder than the people acting like wild children, are all the smiling people gleefully filming on cell phones instead of helping to stop it. Unbelievable!
You really don't want to get in the middle of that. Not only will you not be successful in stopping them, you'll probably be the only one arrested.
Hi Avery, "Even sadder then the people are all the smiling people gleefully filming..." Avery, who would you rather sit next to, the uninhibited fighting fools or those with the cameras who won't fight? Why on earth do you think it is incumbent on the stand-byers to "help stop it?" Would you? I don't think anyone in his right mind would get involved. Perhaps it makes you feel superior to chastise the stand-byers instead of putting the blame squarely where it belongs. I wonder why.
13% of the population of America... 80% of the crime... go figure...
Check global stats and not racists stats. More whites in prisons than blacks.
Check DOJ statistics. More blacks in prison for violent crime than whites.
I did. More Whites are in prisons for CRIMES period.
That's because there are more whites, period. One would expect an equal distribution across all races for all types of crime, but that's not what happens. Why do you suppose that is?
Because Blacks get accused until they find out the White Mother really did kill her children. Why do you supposes that is? Still doesn't remove the fact there are more Whites in prisons and on welfare than Blacks.
The Bell Curve speaks again! So the system is racist? Seems like you ought to talk to the guy in charge of law enforcement here in the US. I think his name is Barry Obama. I believe you would refer to him as a "brotha."
If Wendy's wants to hire someone to "beat the eggs" or "whip the cream," they can just search their own customer base.
How ridiculous it is to see grown adults fighting like children. What were they fighting about? Some exchanged words? Grow up. Really. And it doesn't help that the IHOP security seems inept. - Dan in San Antonio, TX
If I see a security guard at any restaurant I wander into, I'm leaving...
"May I suggest you use your nightstick, Officer!"
You know, the fact that there was a guard already there didn't even seem odd to me until you said that!