Police in Washington State said a McDonald’s manager suffered severe burns to her face and neck after an angry customer threw hot coffee at her.
The altercation was caught on camera.
The McDonald’s surveillance video shows the man demanding a refill on a cup of coffee from the manager and she fills it. Police said the man had just filled his thermos with coffee he was just served. But seconds later, the man is extremely agitated.
He tells the McDonald’s manager he didn’t get his senior discount for the coffee. He shows her the receipt and he splashes the hot coffee in the manager’s face and he runs out the door.
Lacey Police Officer Dave Campbell was first on the scene.
"Because he was being verbally abusive with her about the price of the coffee and the fact that he was just filling a thermos. She told him he was going to have to leave. This upset him, so he in turn, took the hot cup of coffee, which was just filled up and he threw it in her face," explained Sgt. Dave Campbell with Lacey Police.
The coffee, which could have been more than 170°, caused severe burns to the side of her face and her neck.
Paramedics told the manager she needed to be treated at a hospital.
Now, the hunt is on for the man carrying a bedroll and camping gear.
"Right now we’re looking at assault charges, depending on the seriousness of the burns. It’s going to depend on what degree of assault we go. Either way when we find him, we are going to book him into jail tonight," said Sgt. Campbell.
Lacey police believe he’s still in the area.
"He’ll spend his holiday weekend in the jail, thinking about what he did," relayed Sgt. Campbell.
Lacey Police have not provided any update about if they’ve been able to track down the man in the surveillance video.