Phila. Fast Food Worker Tosses Grease on Customer
A fast-food worker tossed a cup of hot grease on a customer, giving the woman second- and third-degree burns on her arms and chest, authorities said.
"My skin was cooking," said Vouncile Lambert, 44, who was treated at a hospital.
The 17-year-old worker was charged with aggravated assault. The employee, who had worked at the Checkers restaurant in West Philadelphia for about two months, will be fired, a restaurant manager said Wednesday.
Lambert's 36-year-old niece had spit on the employee, a police report said.
Shaji Joseph, an area manager for the hamburger chain, said the customers were upset when the employee closed the walk-up window on them Sunday afternoon.
"Nobody would just throw grease at somebody without provoking," Joseph said. "(But) we totally understand she can't throw grease on her."
I don't care if the niece did spit on her, you don't throw hot grease at ANYBODY.
EDIT: thanks to bluemoonpnw, we have another article with more info:
PHILADELPHIA -- An argument over service at a Philadelphia fast-food restaurant ended with a customer getting a lot more than she ordered.
A fast-food worker has lost her job and faces criminal charges for allegedly throwing hot grease on a customer.
Vouncile Lambert pulled up for a burger and fries at a pick-up window at a Checkers restaurant in West Philadelphia.
Instead, she left with second- and third-degree burns to her upper body.
Lambert blames a not-so-courteous clerk who had been fighting with a customer in front of her.
Lambert said the girl first dumped a soda on her, and as she spoke to a manager about the incident, the girl returned with hot oil.
"That's when the young lady came from behind with a cup of oil and just threw it through the pick-up window," Lambert said.
According to a police report, a relative of Lambert had spit on the worker.
An area manager for Checkers said the customers were upset when the employee closed the walk-up window on them Sunday afternoon.
Lambert, who was burned on her arms and chest, said her "skin was cooking."
A manager at Checkers said the 17-year-old clerk has been fired. She's also been charged with aggravated and simple assault, as well as reckless endangerment.