Virginia Tech Police Department officers were called in for a fight that broke out Wednesday evening at West End Market.
At least one person was injured in the fight, employees said. Witnesses reported the fight started over a table at the dining hall.
According to Justine Maurer, a senior finance major and student manager at J.P.’s Chophouse, where the fight broke out, trouble arose around 6 p.m. when a man sat at a table another group had claimed.
“Somehow they claimed the table, and the other kid took it,” Maurer said.
Maurer said the approaching student called the seated student a “faggot,” while the seated student replied that the student should “return to his own country,” in reaction to what Maurer described as the approaching student’s “Australian” accent.
The approaching male pushed the seated student, which led to the fight. A small handful of other patrons jumped to break the two apart. Maurer said the fight was over in about 20 seconds.
“By the time I got out there, one guy (the one who had sat at the table) had run out,” Maurer said. “The other guy (who had started the pushing) was bleeding all over the soda fountain.”
Maurer said the approaching student had blood running on his face and his shirt. Blood had also splattered on the nearby drink machine and silverware holder.
Maurer said she and another student manager had to stop several students who were attempting to reach around the bleeding student for silverware and drinks.
“People just aren’t very perceptive,” Maurer said.
James Leggett, an assistant manager at the restaurant, said the area was bleached down, which is standard procedure when bodily material, like blood, gets on common surfaces.
The damage from the fight was limited. A single wooden chair had the top of its back splintered open.
“Wood chips were everywhere,” Maurer said.
She said the Wednesday fight was the first she had seen at the dining hall.
Mark Bratton, executive chef at West End Market, called the fight “kind of sad.”
“I’ve been here 10 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” Bratton said.
The identities of the individuals in the fight or the extent of their injuries has not been confirmed. A call left with Tech Police Wednesday evening was not returned.