One McDonald's customer is headed to court after throwing two hot coffees in the face of a worker through the drive-thru window at a Cleveland location. The fast-food staffer suffered first-degree burns on her neck and shoulder from the attack.
Authorities have arrested Joseph Deluca in connection with the Feb. 19 assault, which was caught on surveillance camera, Fox 8 reports.
According to the outlet, the female Mickey D’s staffer initially handed off the two cups in a cup holder to Deluca, before looking at the order screen and realizing the man had only ordered one cup of coffee.
Asking to see his receipt to verify the transaction, the 54-year-old man reportedly “laughed” and insisted he had indeed ordered two cups of coffee. The woman – who was working alone in her drive-thru station – continued to insist that she needed to see the bill, prompting an angry Deluca to step outside of his vehicle and toss the coffees in her face, before driving away.
The woman was rushed to the hospital to treat the first-degree burns she sustained on her neck and shoulder in the assault, Fox 8 reports. She continues to recover from her injuries at home.
As for Deluca, the man now faces two charges of felonious assault and is due in court next month. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison for each charge or be sentenced to probation.
"What is troubling with a case like this is you have someone who is going to work just to do her job, to pay her bills, to make ends meet,” Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Erin Stone said of the news. “She asks to see his receipt and this angers him immensely and he throws two cups of hot coffee in her face.”