Video: Man throws hot coffee on cashier

Police say this man threw scalding hot coffee on a doughnut shop cashier in a dispute Tuesday, May 8, 2012 over whether he paid the correct amount. He's seen here grabbing the cup from the woman's hand, just before throwing it at her.
Police say this man threw scalding hot coffee on a doughnut shop cashier in a dispute Tuesday, May 8, 2012 over whether he paid the correct amount. He's seen here grabbing the cup from the woman's hand, just before throwing it at her.
Posted: May 12, 2012

The customer said he paid. The doughnut lady said he owed a few bucks more. So in a display of temper more suited to a preschool playground than a Mantua doughnut shop, the customer chucked his scalding coffee at the doughnut lady as he stormed out, cursing at her and at a customer who dared to intervene.

And with that, a criminal case was born. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the bespectacled, mustachioed madman who left the doughnut lady with severe burns.

The incident occurred at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at the Fresh Donuts store on the 3000 block of Lancaster Avenue, police said. A video with audio from the scene appears to show that the customer paid, but that a dispute arose over the amount, as the clerk appeared to say he was about $2.40 short. “I paid you for my sandwich, lady!” the increasingly agitated man shouted as a worker handed him a cup of coffee. The customer hurled it right back at her, eliciting a squeal from behind the counter and the concern of at least one other customer, who appeared to confront the coffee-chucker as he stomped out.

The man, who faces aggravated-assault charges, was accompanied by another man and was seen arriving in a tan or gold Cadillac. He is described as a black man in his 40s, about 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds. He wore a tan suit and tie, tan shoes and a gold watch. His friend wore a green baseball cap and a tan suit jacket.

Tipsters can call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.

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