Peter Dante, an actor most well-known for his roles in Adam Sandler films The Waterboy and Grandma’s Boy, berated a restaurant hostess in Los Angeles for simply asking the comedian to wear a mask.
In a video obtained by TMZ, the actor’s crazy meltdown was captured at Quarters Korean BBQ in L.A.’s Koreatown, where the restaurant has a “No Mask No Entry” policy.
Standing next to a sign with the mask policy on full display, Peter Dante flipped on the hostess for asking him to put on a mask before he entered, asking to see her manager.
“You know you’re garbage right?” he said in the video. “Go back to the, f–k, you go back to school. Where’s your boss? Yeah, where’s your boss?”
“Bring your boss over here right now,” he yelled at the hostess, with TMZ reporting that he allegedly called her a “c**t” and also got in the face of another staffer as well.
Dressed in what appeared to be pajama bottoms and a T-shirt with a cannabis leaf on the front, Peter eventually left the restaurant. Witnesses told TMZ that the hostess was left in tears as the volatile actor fled the scene.
Throughout Los Angeles County, it is currently required that everyone masks up when they enter a restaurant indoors. The mask mandate was reinstated due to the spread of Covid-19’s Omicron variant, which has swept the globe with increased cases.
Peter Dante has yet to comment on the incident, but the actor was not charged for the outburst.
A couple months prior, he was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor over construction noise. He posted $50,000 bail and was a charged with a low-level felony offense for threatening physical violence against the man, his wife, and his kids. According to People, he is due in court next week to explain his role in the incident.
In 2013, Peter Dante also had a similar outburst at a Los Angeles hotel after threatening staff with racial slurs. He allegedly used his friendship with Adam Sandler as a weapon, telling the Black employees that Sandler would “come to [his] house and f–k [him] up.”
Adam Sandler, of course, had nothing to do with the incident, and also did not comment in Peter Dante’s defense due to his racially motivated insults. Peter also reportedly named famous Death Row record label head Suge Knight, but it is unknown if he had any connection to the famous hip-hop executive or if he was intoxicated in any way.
A frequent collaborator with Adam Sandler, Peter appeared in films such as 50 First Dates, Mr. Deeds, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Little Nicky, and That’s My Boy. His last known appearance was in Grown Ups 2, an Adam Sandler film that featured a majority of his longtime castmates including Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade.
Restaurant workers have had to deal with angry patrons since indoor eating reopened late into the pandemic, with many establishments overworked, understaffed, and exhausted. Some restaurants have increased pay for workers to try to acknowledge the more strenuous hours, but some workers said that it’s still too much to handle.
“I had adult males yell at me because they didn’t want to wear a mask or because our policies were too harsh,” one employee told The Seattle Times. She ended up leaving her job over the aggression, stating that it wasn’t worth the pay.
“Most days, I’m really over it,” another cook said back in September. “Every cook I know is overworked. Every cook I know is tired.”