PINELLAS PARK — After collecting their chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, customers at the Chick-Fil-A at the Shoppes at Park Place on Tuesday found themselves navigating past protesters wearing animal masks, covered in fake blood and clutching butcher knives.
"Animal killers," screamed more than a dozen protesters on a video posted to Facebook. In the background, children started crying and screaming.
"I got kids here," one woman said as she begged the protesters to stop. "You're scaring kids."
Some protestors wearing chicken and horse masks laid on the tile floors, while others pretended to stab them with bloody knives. Others lofted signs and repeatedly chanted:
"It's not food. It's violence."
The video showed bewildered restaurant employees trying to calm the customers and asking the protesters to leave.
Pinellas Park police were called at 11:50 a.m, but by the time they arrived all the protesters had fled, said Sgt. Mike Lynch. It was not clear which group was responsible for the protest.
"Get out! Get out," customers screeched in the videos as a parade of masked and bloody protesters filed out the door.