Alabama fast food worker who allegedly threw hot grease at customer during service dispute in drive-thru line faces assault charge
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — An Alabama fast food employee who allegedly threw hot grease at a customer during a service dispute in the drive-thru line, causing severe burns, has been charged with assault done, police said.
The 50-year-old woman was charged on Monday following a Saturday afternoon confrontation at an Arby’s restaurant in suburban Birmingham, according to a statement from the Hueytown Police Department.
Authorities did not provide details about the reason for the argument, but police said it did not appear the two women knew each other.
The victim, who suffered second-degree burns to much of his body and was hospitalized and filed a civil lawsuit seeking an unspecified amount of money from the worker, the Arby and Alabama-based companies that operate the restaurant, according to court documents.
Court records do not include the name of a defense attorney who could speak on behalf of the worker, who was released on $30,000 bail.
Arby’s said it fired the employee and called her actions “reprehensible.”
“Our hearts go out to the guest, and we are working to help support their recovery,” a company statement said.