A customer apparently dissatisfied with his Burger King milkshake hopped the counter and allegedly assaulted a female worker in her 60s at a Dallas fast-food eatery.
The encounter was caught on just-released surveillance video, although the suspect is still at large.
The man apparently threw the shake and then tossed a chair before he jumped the counter, chased the worker to the back of the store, and allegedly punched the worker multiple times while threatening to kill her.
In this extremely disturbing incident that occurred on June 13 in Dallas, perhaps the suspect took the Burger King slogan “have it your way” and its successor, “be your way,” way too literally when it came to a supposed subpar milkshake.
According to the Burger King website, the fast-food franchise chain offers five different varieties of shakes to its customers.
Fort Worth TV station NBC DFW described what happened in the Burger King milkshake meltdown.
“[The worker] said the man complained about the milkshake he ordered and demanded something else. She said she made him two other drinks, but he began throwing things at her and threatened to kill her. Surveillance video captured the man hopping over the counter and chasing her into the back of the restaurant, where [the worker] said he punched her repeatedly.”
Co-workers called 911, but the suspect fled the store before cops arrived. Detectives are investigating and have asked for the public’s help in identifying the man in the video.
The worker, who says she was punched seven times, has understandably expressed concern about returning to work at Burger King in case the suspect shows up again there. She apparently is back on the job, however.
Once again, this latest fast-food freakout raises the fundamental question as to whether this kind of violence is occurring with more frequency and intensity across America or, in the alternative, that we just find out about it more often by way of the immediacy of social media.
“Nobody ever said working behind a fast-food counter is easy, but, now, it`s getting dangerous!,” CW 39 observed about the milkshake that allegedly wasn’t made the customer’s way.
These violent acts have evolved from simply customer vs. worker to the worker being the aggressor or, in some cases, worker-on-worker.
In recent incident, two sisters (one of whom was an employee) brawled with IHOP workers in Memphis. The WWE-style encounter, complete with multiple blows and chair shots, was captured on cell phone video. Cops arrested the sisters and charged them with assault and vandalism.
Last month, two female McDonald’s employees in South Carolina allegedly got into a brawl over who had to bake apple pies, and the encounter was recorded by a cell phone camera and then uploaded to YouTube. Cops charged one of the workers with assault and battery.
On Mother’s Day 2016, a massive melee broke out in an Atlanta-area steakhouse when customers and employees apparently got into a beef. Again, cell phone footage quickly went viral.
Parenthetically, this is not the first time that a Burger King restaurant was the scene of a milkshake dispute. About a year ago, as the Inquisitr reported at the time, a subsequently terminated Burger King employee in Lake Charles, Louisiana, threatened to slap a customer who complained about the quality of her milkshake.
Recalling the shocking incident over the milkshake, the brave and conscientious Dallas Burger King worker, Alejandra Estrada, told CBS DFW, “He said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Oh my God. I tried to close the door, but the door doesn’t [close].'”
Are you a Burger King fan, and if so, how would you rate the milkshakes?
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