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High School Brawls Force Antioch Taco Bell To Close Dining Room In Afternoon

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) -- A Taco Bell restaurant in Antioch has started closing its dining room in the afternoons after managers say it has become a magnet for high school students after class, and fights have been breaking out.

"At school you get suspended or something for that, and if you're not at school you go to the plaza and fight and get away with it," one student said.

Employees at the restaurant say the problem has gotten worse since school started.


"One time a girl knocked over all of our stuff. All the stuff on the front counter, she just knocked everything off and she threatened one of my coworkers and told her she was going to kill her," an employee who was too scared to go on camera said.

Her co-worker quit after that incident.

Antioch police say they're working with businesses in the area, and patrol the area when they can. But, the hundreds of students around the businesses make it challenging for officers.

In a written statement, a Taco Bell representative said Thursday, "The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Temporarily, our franchisee is limiting service to the drive-thru only during the hours of 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and he is proactively working with the local police to develop additional ways to assure the safety of the community."

The school district plans to discuss the issue at a future meeting.


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