In neighborhoods across New York City where
traditional grocery stores are few and far between, the local neighborhood bodega fills
a void at the intersection of need, and convenience. But store owner Nasr Ali knows this is also
– an unpredictable business… “IT’S VERY HARD, IT’S VERY HARD. YOU NEED TO HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE. A LOT OF PATIENCE.” One in which a sale can go south, and turn
violent at any moment…which is exactly what happened next door – at another bodega, where
surveillance video caught these two, as they hurled avocados at twenty-one year
old Amr Alzabidi’s face…allegedly over a botched food order. “I WAS SHOCKED. I WAS SHOCKED, BECAUSE… I DIDN’T EXPECT WHAT HAPPENED.” “THAT AVOCADO IS HEAVY. I MEAN, AN AVOCADO CAN BE HEAVY AND HARD. AND THE SPEED, IT BROKE MY FACE, IT CAUSED
MY AN ORBITAL FLOOR FRACTURE.” This is a violent, extreme example of the
dangerous situations bodega workers say they manage on an all too frequent basis. That obviously includes random attempted thefts…one
of which we witnessed when a belligerent female customer tried to steal several loaves of
bread – during our interview. That same woman then pushed a grandmother
to the ground out on the sidewalk, and allegedly tried to run off with her granddaughter. Yes, this all happened while we were rolling. {Jay} Just another day in the neighborhood. “OH YEAH…YOU ALREADY
SEE IT ALL, RIGHT? {LAUGHTER}