A baker was sprayed in the eyes with cooking oil as he tried to defend himself against a gang of teenagers west of Ipswich.
The group terrorised the man, known as Chris, at Rosewood Bakery all because they wanted a bread roll.
CCTV footage showed that while he was inside hard at work, the group outside was preparing to make his job a whole lot more difficult.
They approached the store and pushed over a stack of crates, yelling at the baker to give them a bread roll.
Manager Suzie Mellor said the youths told Chris they were homeless.
“They said they were hungry and living in a skate park and they wanted something to eat,” she told 7 News.
The group left, but not for long.
“You can see in the footage he's concerned the whole time, he's watching that back door,” Suzie said, pointing out Chris’ paranoia about the thuggish teens.
This time, they covered their faces and armed themselves with a trolley, which they used to smash their way through.
Chris’ only weapon was a baking tray, still hot from the 230-degree oven, which he used unsuccessfully to fight off his attackers.
A hooded offender turned off the lights in the store and grabbed a can of cooking oil.
Chris was repeatedly sprayed in the face while he tried to hide from objects being thrown around the room.
The assault continued for about thirty seconds before the intruders ran, followed quickly by their victim who left to call police.
Chris has only been working at the store for a few weeks.
He was taken to the hospital with sore, puffy eyes but was given the all-clear shortly afterwards.
Suzie said the teens affected the store’s trade as the bakery stopped production and lost up to four hours of work “just for a bread roll and just to be silly”.
Police are searching for the teens and urge anyone who recognises the group to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 333.
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