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Man Arrested For Throwing Coffee In 16-Year-Old McDonald’s Employee’s Face Over French Fries Dispute In Viral Video

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Back in December, police were called to the McDonald’s in Camden, South Carolina, over a report of an assault. A man, unhappy with a french-fry related issue, apparently threw his hot coffee in the face of his 16-year-old server from the drive-through.

Fortunately for the police, the incident was captured on security video:

The State spoke to the McDonald’s worker, who said that the customer became angry ordering french fries “because he was unsatisfied with the service because he was waiting too long.”

When it became clear how angry the man was, the teenage worker at first refused to return to the serving window for fear he might throw his coffee in her face. Eventually, however, she was convinced by the suspect to come back to her post, where he did just that.

Thankfully, according to Newsweek, “the teen did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident and refused treatment.”

After police posted the security footage online, asking the public to help them find the suspect, multiple people came forward and identified the coffee-thrower as 29-year-old Joshua Emery Noel. Shortly thereafter, Noel turned himself into the police, who charged him with second-degree assault and battery.


Camden Police Detective R. Dallas Rabon issued a statement to the Chronicle-Independent:

“Noel was identified by numerous individuals, who contacted the police department directly and through CrimeStoppers. Noel surrendered to law enforcement at the Camden Police Department on January 16 to have the warrant served on him.”

Noel was given a $7,500 bond, and records indicate he is no longer in prison. The Chronicle-Independent indicates that the maximum lawful penalty for second-degree assault and battery is three years in prison.

Nevertheless, Twitter had some pretty strong feelings about Noel’s actions:

This was not the first time an assault occurred at a McDonald’s over basically nothing. Be better, people.

Here’s a basic etiquette tip: don’t throw your coffee in anyone’s face, no matter how long your french fries are taking. Just don’t do it. Ever.


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--