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“I don’t think it’s a requirement of any of the servers.. to have a confrontation and act like a SWAT team,” Trabocchi said. “There is no restaurant that is ready for this. It’s a completely new situation, and it’s unfair to expect that a staff working at a restaurant will expose themselves to a physical danger or risk.”
A representative for Cruz did not respond to a request for comment, but Trabocchi said, the senator “was happy about the way we handled the situation, and he thanked the team when he left.”.