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Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill

FOX News logo FOX News 12/7/2018 Michelle Gant
Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill. © kali9/Getty Images Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill.

A restaurant employee in Georgia was arrested after shooting a customer for walking out on the bill.

The customer reportedly tried to pay for his meal at China Cafeteria in Decatur with an invalid credit card Wednesday night, WSB-TV reports.

When the employee, Xin Xing Chen, realized what had happened, he and his co-worker went outside to confront the customer.

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A fight broke out between the three people and at one point Chen went back inside the restaurant, grabbed a gun and shot the customer. His co-worker was also shot by accident.

The restaurant is known for its cheap food. The menu board outside the restaurant advertises a $4.99 house special and $3.50 lunch special.

One customer uninvolved in the incident told WSB-TV he was surprised something like this happened over such a small amount of money.

“I can’t see somebody getting shot over a $5 meal. I just can’t see it,” Jecory Jackson said.

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Chen has been charged with aggravated assault. The customer he shot is in critical condition and the injured employee is in stable condition.

The restaurant was closed Thursday.

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