LAKEWOOD, CA (CNN) -- A California gas station clerk is viciously punched in the face in a dispute over 41 cents. And it was all caught on camera. Now, police are asking the public's help to find who did it.
She doesn't want to show her face, but wants to share her story. She says, "It just happened so fast, like, he went like this at first, but my reaction, I didn't think he was going to hit me, I was like, okay, and he just went like socks me."
It was 1:15 on Saturday afternoon, September 7, at the Chevron at Lakewood Boulevard and Delamo.
The 23-year-old clerk, who wants to be called Yadira, said the man in the blue shirt asked for a swisher-sweet cigar. he only put down a dollar after she told him it was a dollar and forty one cents. She says, "He just says, well this is all I have, (bleeped out), and whatever, and I was like well, you need to get out of the store, I was like I'm sorry, and he tries to snatch it."
That's when Yadira says he punched her, knocking her glasses from her face, injuring her eye. Sgt. Steven Moses says, "It is a brutal attack on an innocent victim who is just trying to make a living."
LA County Sheriff's Lakewood detective say the guy took off, and none of the other customers jumped into action right away. Moses says, "I'm sure they surprised by his actions as he walked out of the store, and in turn, a few of them were worried about the clerk."
Yadira finished her shift that day, but said she's now fearful every time she goes to work. She says, "Really, over 41 cents, like, imagine, if he got like that, imagine what else would've happened. That's the thing that came into my head, and I just hope it doesn't ever happen to anybody."