Police: Clerks attacked by not one but two terrible customers

SEATTLE -- A pair of convenience store clerks were attacked by not one but two terrible yet apparently unrelated customers early Monday morning in Pioneer Square, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, a man started bothering a woman who was in line at the convenience store in the 600 block of First Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. He was reportedly telling her to give him cash and he would buy her purchases with his food stamps.

The woman looked annoyed, so one of the clerks told the man to leave the store, which he did only after the clerk threatened to call the police, according to the report.

After leaving the store, the man reportedly started throwing things, including an orange traffic cone, at the door. The clerk went outside to tell him to stop or he would call police.

When the clerk turned to go back inside, he was hit in the back of the head with something. According to the report, he saw a second man holding a steel pipe just before he lost consciousness.

Apparently, the second man had been standing in line behind the woman being bothered by the first man and was not there with the first man.

According to the report, another clerk saw the second man hit the victim with the pipe then watched as the first man jumped on top of the unconscious victim and started punching him.

The second clerk ran outside to stop the attack and was also hit in the head by the man with the steel pipe, according to the report.

Both men ran off, and officers were unable to respond for an hour because they were waylaid by a fight outside a nearby bar.

When officers finally arrived at the store, the first clerk had already been taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he required stitches to close cuts to the back of his head and nose, which was possibly broken.

The second clerk, who had a large goose egg on the the side of his head, was still at the store and showed officers security footage of the incident.