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Next time make it decaf

Irate West Philly coffee thrower pleads guilty

Next time make it decaf


David Timbers -- the Mantua man who got national notoriety with his fast food when a security video showed him hurling hot coffee at a doughnut-shop worker in a dispute over the bill -- has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Timbers, 52, entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means. Means set sentencing for Jan. 24 and ordered a presentence report and mental health evaluation for Timbers.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hoffman said Timbers’ plea did not include any agreement on a sentence. Hoffman said aggravated assault is a first-degree felony punishable by a prison term of up to 20 years.

Police said Timbers walked in to the Fresh Donuts shop on Lancaster Avenue near 39th Street on May 8 and ordered a turkey sandwich and coffee but then got into an argument with the server when she claimed that he had not paid for the sandwich.

“Take that,” Timbers is heard saying on the video as he hurled the coffee at the server, who sustained scalding burns on her arm and shoulder.

Timbers surrendered to police after they provided television and cable outlets with copies of the video of the incident.

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