A manager at a fast-food restaurant was arrested and charged after allegedly injuring a complaining customer by throwing hot oil on the man.
Demarrus Pritchett, 21, works as a shift manager at a Wendy’s restaurant in Huntingdon, Tennessee.
On October 5, a regular customer of the location went to the drive-thru and received an order that he was unhappy with. The man said that the food he was given was cold.
Pritchett was working at the time, and he reportedly began to argue with the customer.
According to Pritchett, the man came to the location on various occasions to pester him about an unrelated issue.
It was reported that Pritchett was about to give the customer a refund for the order. Before handing over the cash, Pritchett allegedly went to the kitchen area of the store.
Pritchett reportedly grabbed a metal pan and filled it with oil from the deep fryer.
When he came back to the drive-thru window, Pritchett reportedly threw the contents of the pan filled with hot oil on the customer. The 23-year-old man was burned on the left side of his body.
The Huntingdon Police Department was notified, and officers went to Wendy’s.
According to the police report, the alleged victim had “obvious, extensive blistering,” in addition to the burns. He was treated for his injuries at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Pritchett reportedly chose to speak to the police about the incident. He reportedly shared that the alleged victim had been bothering him for weeks and that he did throw hot oil on the man.
Pritchett was taken into custody and booked into the Carroll County Jail. He is expected to face charges for felony aggravated battery. He was released from custody on a $5,000 bail.
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