A food delivery man with ‘Just Eat’ in Rome was stabbed after telling a fellow courier from ‘Deliveroo’ to stop his antisemitic rant.. The victim sustained lacerations on his face and required medical treatment but is not in critical condition.
The incident occurred in Rome’s Piazza dei Re di Roma square, where the two men were waiting for orders of McDonald’s to deliver. The alleged attacker, who was working with the Deliveroo service, ranted about Jews while waiting for the food; the victim protested the antisemitic rhetoric.
In response, the Deliveroo man produced a knife and assaulted the Just East courier, Faro di Roma reported Monday. The news site did not identify either of the men or say if either was Jewish. Both are middle-aged, the news site wrote.
The alleged attacker left the scene on his motorcycle after the incident. Police are searching for him on suspicion of assault aggravated by racist hatred.
In January, two kosher restaurant owners in the French city of Strasbourg reported that at least two delivery men had refused to collect food from their premises because of their hatred of Jews. At the time, Deliveroo pledged to take action, saying that the company had “no tolerance for antisemitic words or actions, which constitute a criminal offense, and condemns any such act in the strongest possible terms.”
Deliveroo operates in several countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company plans to raise $1.38 billion from its forthcoming initial public offering (IPO) on the London stock exchange in April.