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Man Gets Arrested For Throwing Coffee In Employee’s Face

A man could potentially serve a 16-year prison sentence for throwing hot coffee on a McDonald’s employee, simply because she asked to see his receipt.

54-year-old Joseph Deluca of Cleveland, Ohio was arrested on March 5th for injuring the restaurant worker in back in February. According to reports from Fox 8, Deluca pulled up to the restaurant’s drive-thru window at 12:30 p.m. and ordered one cup of coffee. The employee accidentally handed him two cups and when she re-checked his order, she asked to see Deluca’s receipt.

The customer reportedly laughed and said he ordered both cups, but after the employee asked for his receipt again, Deluca threw the tray of hot coffee in her face before driving off. The store’s security cameras caught the excruciating injury that ended up hospitalizing the employee at MetroHealth Medical Center for both neck and shoulder pain.

When Deluca was pulled over by Newburgh Heights police officers, he even ended up confessing to the wrong crime. “I know, I beat somebody up,” Deluca sheepishly told officers, his confession recorded on body cameras. “I beat somebody up, family member or something…he put his hands on my girlfriend and I punched him, and it turned out to be felonious I guess.”

Erin Stone of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Office said, “What is troubling with a case like this is you have someone who is going to work just to do her job. She asks to see his receipt and this angers him immensely and he throws two cups of hot coffee in her face.”

According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the prosecutor’s office says that the victim had first-degree burns on her face, neck, and shoulder. Deluca was indicted on two counts of second-degree felonious assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

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