NASSAU, BAHAMAS- A brawl erupted inside Fusion Superplex after a minor reportedly attempted to skip the line at the Starbucks counter on Saturday evening.
Videos depicting scores of people shouting and shoving each other as two women grappled with one another have since gone viral on social media.
“(Minor) she jumped the line at Starbucks,” said a bystander, who spoke to Eyewitness News Online on the condition of anonymity.
“She was giving her friend money to buy her drink and the other lady was on the line and just beat her – that was it. They didn’t know each other from what I could see.
“Then the rest of the night they were threatening this child. These were adults. They were getting into the police car, they were still hurling their threats, telling her they will come look for her again.
“I’m like seriously,” the bystander continued.
“The little girl is sitting outside trembling like a leaf, and of course because she and whoever she was with were minors they had to wait for their parents to come.”
On Sunday, Chief Marketing Officer Nikolette Elden told Eyewitness News Online police responded within seconds to break up the fight.
She said it was “too early to say” whether there would be any policy changes following the incident.
“We of course have to look at the business model and make a good business decision,” Elden said.
“I would hate to put measures in place that would affect the innocent. It’s not that there was a brawl because there is some turf wars going on, that wasn’t the case. It’s just Bahamians in general don’t understand how to resolve conflict and how to do it appropriately and that’s the bigger picture, that’s the focus.
“We need to learn how to control our anger and just like everybody is so angry.”
Elden said operations at the entertainment facility were running smoothly with its Superbrunch and football viewing party.
She maintained social media reports were blowing the incident out of proportion, defending the venue against claims it was no longer a safe space for families.
“We prioritize the safety of our guests,” Elden continued. “The police are here on property on the weekends. To say we are not a safe place is just one of the most devastating things to say, especially for the more than 400 people employed here. Because we are not a hotel, we can’t rely on tourists, we need to support each other.”
She added: “The kids generally are well behaved it’s just a lot of them. (On Saturday) I want to say we had about 300 of them in here. And they’re just hanging out, buying their Starbucks, buying their hot dog and hanging out, not being troublesome.”