Man throws hot coffee on McDonald's employee for serving him 'watery' drink

Elise Solé
Nashville, Tennessee McDonald's customer spilled hot coffee on an employee after complaining the drink wasn't strong enough. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department

A McDonald’s customer allegedly enraged to be served “watery” coffee, threw the painfully hot beverage on an employee.

According to WKRN, on Thursday morning, Charles Prince, 54, returned to a McDonald’s location on Broadway in Nashville, Tenn., holding a cup of coffee he had purchased. Prince was reportedly upset because his drink was watery and not strong enough.

Ignoring the cashier’s explanation that his coffee was freshly brewed, reported the outlet, Prince knocked his cup over the counter and burned the arm of the female employee, leaving her with visible injuries.

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WKRN reports that Prince was arrested for assault and held at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility, released after paying a $1,500 bond.

Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach a spokesperson at the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Phil Gray, the owner and operator of the McDonald’s location tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “As an owner, making sure I provide a safe and secure restaurant for my customers and employees is a top concern for me. I appreciate how my team handled the incident and we continue to work with the local law enforcement on this matter.”

Hot coffee has weaponized at McDonald’s before — in December, a South Carolina man was arrested for assault-and-battery for throwing the beverage on a 16-year-old employee when he reportedly waited too long for his order of large fries.

In March, a man in Ohio threw a tray containing two large coffees at a cashier who asked to double-check his receipt when she accidentally served him a double order. The employee was injured with first-degree burns and the suspect was charged with felonious assault.

And in May, a New York City woman was arrested for assault after throwing hot coffee at an employee, who asked her to remove her feet from a chair. According to the New York Post, the employee was hospitalized for upper-body burns.

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