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Spit, chairs and hot grease fly during Texas Taco Bell tantrum

7 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 10 2016 Jun 10, 2016 June 10, 2016 10:41 AM June 10, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
Image: Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON - A woman says she was spit at and had a drink thrown at her outside of a Texas Taco Bell after the restaurant’s manager accused her of throwing a bottle on the ground in the drive-thru.

That’s the end of the abuse 19-year-old Haronisha Alexander says she encountered after she was accused of littering while attempting to make a chalupa run. She also said one of the store’s employees stabbed her friend, and they threw hot grease at her boyfriend.

Alexander was in the drive-thru at the Houston Taco Bell at around 3p.m. on June 1 when she threw a bottle out of her car window. She says she was then approached by a manager who ordered her to pick it up.

“He wanted me to pick it up. And I told him 'no,'" Alexander said.

While the manager told police she simply gave Alexander and her friends their money back and told them to leave, the woman tells a different story. She said after they were abused outside, they went inside to confront the manager. When they did, Alexander said an employee stabbed one of her friends.

She also said her 17-year-old boyfriend was in the hospital with burns covering 70 percent of his body.

Employees told police that four people came into the restaurant, punched an employee, broke a window and threw four chairs.

Community activist, Quanell X said, “Got into a separate argument again and then they doused her with boiling grease 45 minutes later after the initial incident where her boyfriend was doused with boiling grease.”

Police did confirm that there was in fact a second incident about five hours after the first disagreement.

Alexander confirmed to police that she had broken a window and part of the drive-thru when she returned after the business was closed and tried to enter it.

Police said that’s when the employee dumped hot grease from the deep fryer onto Alexander in an attempt to get the woman to go away.

"It's just really messed up that they would get grease out of the deep fryer and throw it on us. Can you imagine how hot that is? You couldn't imagine the pain that we went through," Alexander said.

Taco Bell has released a statement concerning the incident which reads:  “The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we are very upset this happened in our restaurant. We are cooperating with the Houston police in their investigation and are in process of filing charges and property damage complaints with them. This was a traumatic incident for our employees and we are supporting them by offering counseling.”

Houston Police are still investigating.

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