"In an unprecedented move, two Brown students actually took what was initially a verbal argument outside of Josiah's, where the altercation began. The move caused extreme confusion as neither of the students had ever taken the fight outside nor heard of someone who had. When outside, the students remained silent for an awkward minute or so, after which point both decided to return into Josiah's in order to finish out their altercation.
The altercation began at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 16th. The argument was over who would receive the last spicy chicken cutlet without cheese from the grill section of what most students call Joe's.
""Neither of them had ordered a sandwich. It was that part of the night when we just make everything we have and throw it out onto the table. I was aware that there was an argument but it seemed at first they were going to find a compromise,"" said Sam Everett, a grill operator at Joe's.
Rachel Silverman, the girlfriend of one of the two men involved, said, ""Everything seemed fine. They were planning on flipping a coin until a friend of the other guy, who didn't know what was going on, came up to us explaining how good his spicy chicken cutlet without cheese was. That caused the other guy to say he was there first and then my boyfriend said he was there first. Things escalated very quickly from there.""
After a few minutes of an intense verbal argument involving name-calling and cursing, one of the two men suggested that they ""take this outside."" The other boy was quick to oblige and the two exited Joe's via the front door.
""When we got out there, they just faced each other,"" said Silverman, who followed them out. ""Neither of them seemed like they wanted to intimidate the other, they both seemed like they had no idea what they were doing. That went on for a couple of minutes. After that, they just said that they would flip a coin. My boyfriend lost and it ended there.""
When asked why nothing happened outside, the man who is not Silverman's boyfriend said, ""I don't know. I had heard the phrase used in movies. I thought it would be intimidating. I had no idea that you actually are supposed to fight when you get there. I thought that saying it would be enough. I guess it was a big deal that we actually went outside; I hear it's rarely done."""