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.”
The Burger King in Camden is in direct competition with McDonald’s on who has the slower drive-thru.
— Janathan Williams (@betterthan2123) February 3, 2018
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.
South Carolina authorities have arrested a man accused of throwing hot coffee in the face of a young McDonald’s worker in Camden last month after he became angry over a delay in his French fries order.
— say cheese (@Saycheese_Media) January 18, 2019
Thankfully, according to Newsweek, “the teen did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident and refused treatment.”
29yo Joshua Noel surrendered to Camden police after he was caught on video throwing hot coffee at a worker in the McDonald’s drive-thru. He was charged with assault and battery 2nd degree. Detectives tell me if it weren’t for community tips, this case could have gone unsolved. pic.twitter.com/O2UXYkkgsZ
— Michelle Zhu (@MichelleZhuWACH) January 17, 2019
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.”
Last month, Joshua Noel was caught on camera throwing hot coffee in a worker's face at a Camden McDonald's. Word got around and now the search for him is over. Tonight at 10 on @wachfox hear what helped these detectives crack the case pic.twitter.com/vBGshLJxrK
— Michelle Zhu (@MichelleZhuWACH) January 18, 2019
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:
Good! It is about time as a society we refuse to tolerate this behavior.
— Rebecca Teeple (@deespoohbear) January 18, 2019
He reminds me of the clown from the movie, “IT”. 🤣
— Aimey Flowers (@Aimeysue) January 18, 2019
Thanks for sharing this heart warming story that didn’t happen in Indiana
— Matt (@PurdueMatt05) January 18, 2019
What a asshole. One thing you learn in takeaway sometimes things take a while unfortunately people just need to calm their farms before acting like a dick and hurting a employee just doing their job
— Alicia Farnham (@AliciaFarnham89) January 14, 2019
— Jack Black Jeep (@jackblackjeep19) January 18, 2019
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.