December 11, 2023

Burger King ‘shocked and horrified’ by ‘unprovoked attack’ on two south Auckland workers

Watch: Footage from the scene.

Burger King is “shocked and horrified” after two staff members were seriously injured following a stabbing at an Auckland store.

Police were called to Burger King Takanini at 3:10pm on Sunday following reports two people were injured at the premises. A police spokesperson said it’s alleged a man stabbed two staff members before fleeing.

A 26-year-old man was later charged with assault with intent to rob and wounds with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was due to appear in the Papakura District Court on Monday.

A spokesperson for Burger King NZ said they are “shocked and horrified” by the “unprovoked attack” on its team members.

“We are focused on supporting them and their families through this truly awful incident,” they told Newshub in a statement.

“Our goal is always to create a safe and welcoming environment for both our guests and teams. We have increased our security at the store and we are continuing to work closely with the Police on their investigation.

“With the matter due to be before the courts shortly, we aren’t able to provide any further detail or comment at this stage.”

Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Va’aelua of Counties Manukau CIB said he wanted to acknowledge how alarming this incident is.

“These two people were simply doing their jobs and could not have anticipated coming to work today and becoming victims in an incident like this,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“We will be supporting them and their families as we move through our investigation and the court process.

“We hope it is reassuring that we have made a quick arrest and will put this person before the courts to be held accountable.”

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