Ramen shop servers in California stop crime while dressed as Power Rangers

OAKLAND, CA (CHRON) – Servers at an Oakland ramen shop stopped a crime in progress Friday night, and they were more than dressed for the occasion.

The staff at Oakland’s NōKA Ramen tried something new: They decided to wear Power Rangers costumes to highlight a drink on their menu called the NōKA Ranger. But little did they know they would be fighting crime just hours later.

As the witness told Twitter, a woman ran into NōKA Ramen and told servers she didn’t feel safe. Soon, a man ran in and attacked her, the witness said. The black and yellow Power Rangers then told the man to leave before he swung at them, according to the tweets.

The employees, in costume, allegedly told the woman to hide in the kitchen while the man began hurling Asian slurs. One server, dressed as the Yellow Ranger, then grabbed the man by the collar and dragged him out of the restaurant, the witness said.

The man tried to fight employees even after he was removed from the restaurant — and even hired another person to help — but was eventually locked out of the store, according to tweets.

The Oakland Police Department later confirmed that a person entered NōKA Ramen and asked for help shortly before 9 p.m. Friday. Officers soon arrived to take the person into custody before transporting him to a mental health facility.

Owners of NōKA Ramen, in a post on Facebook shared Saturday, said incidents like this are rare at the store. The owners are satisfied with how their employees reacted to the incident, and even posted a photo of the server in costume.

“Our NōKA rangers were real-life heroes last night when the incident occurred,” the post read. “Like our heroic namesakes, it’s not just powers and costumes that give us strength. We’re empowered by who and what we are inside.”

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