Teen loses her right EYE after being punched by a thug who threatened special needs boy

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Fast food worker, 19, loses her right eye after being punched in the face while trying to protect a boy with special needs from a thug who threatened to ‘beat him up’: ‘I don’t regret intervening’

  • Bianca Palomera was working at the Habit Burger Grill in Antioch when she came in
  • She saw a man harassing and threatening a colleague’s brother, who has special needs
  • The 19-year-old was punched in the face and rushed to hospital, where doctors confirmed she would lose her right eye
  • Police are still looking for the suspect after launching an investigation into the violent incident

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A California teen lost an eye after being attacked for defending her coworkers brother from a bully at a fast food restaurant.

Bianca Palomera, 19, was working at the Habit Burger Grill in Antioch on Nov. 12 when she spotted four men harassing a boy with special needs.

She was punched in the face by one of the men after she intervened and tried to intervene – saying that ‘it’s not right what you’re doing’.

Speak against KNTV Bianca said: “He threw threats and insults and said he was going to beat him up.

He said, “why does he keep looking his way?” Then I got in, and I said it wasn’t right.

“He hit me once, and my headset and glasses flew off my face.”

Shocking surveillance footage of the attack shows the man turning to Bianca and punching her in the face.

Bianca Palomera, 19, was working at the Habit Burger Grill in Antioch on Nov. 12 when she was attacked by a customer who was harassing a boy with special needs

Bianca Palomera, 19, was working at the Habit Burger Grill in Antioch on Nov. 12 when she was attacked by a customer who was harassing a boy with special needs

The thug, pictured in a black coat with a brown fur hood, quickly left the store and got into a silver BMW

The thug, pictured in a black coat with a brown fur hood, quickly left the store and got into a silver BMW

The thug, pictured in a black coat with a brown fur hood, quickly left the store and got into a silver BMW

Several customers then join the fray, leading to a brawl before Bianca managed to get away from her attacker.

Footage shows the man, dressed in black with a brown fur hood on his jacket, violently lashing out at Bianca as she confronts him.

Another member of staff quickly pulls her away as the man continues to yell and knocks a plant off a counter.

The man then fled the store with three others and sped away in a silver BMW – which was also caught on camera.

Bianca was rushed to hospital where she was told she would lose her right eye, with Antioch police currently making no arrests.

Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover medical costs, raising more than $130,000 already.

Bianca is recovering at home and adds: 'This is the last thing I expected from anything'

Bianca is recovering at home and adds: 'This is the last thing I expected from anything'

Bianca is recovering at home and adds: ‘This is the last thing I expected from anything’

Antioch police made no arrests.  Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover medical costs, and more than $130,000 has already been raised

Antioch police made no arrests.  Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover medical costs, and more than $130,000 has already been raised

Antioch police made no arrests. Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover medical costs, and more than $130,000 has already been raised

Another member of staff quickly pulls her away as the man continues to yell and knocks a plant off a counter

Another member of staff quickly pulls her away as the man continues to yell and knocks a plant off a counter

Another member of staff quickly pulls her away as the man continues to yell and knocks a plant off a counter

A family member posted on social media that she suffered “irreversible injuries that cost her the right eye.”

They added that immediately after the incident, she was rushed to a nearby trauma center and underwent “emergency surgery.”

Bianca is recovering at home and adds: ‘This is the last thing I expected from anything.

“I don’t completely regret helping, intervening. It could have been worse for my colleague’s brother.

‘I don’t really know what to think about it. I think I’m still processing it.’

Habit Burger said in a statement: “The Habit Burger Grill prioritizes the safety of our team members and customers in our restaurants, and we condemn violence in any form.

“We are offering our full support to our team member as they recover, and we are fully assisting authorities in their efforts to identify the suspected attackers.”