Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cops seek coffee-chucking patron in donut dustup

The customer said he paid. The donut lady said he owed a few bucks more. So in a display of temper more suited to a preschool playground than a Mantua donut shop, the customer chucked his scalding coffee back at the donut lady as he stormed out, cussing at her and another customer who dared intervene. And with that, a criminal case was born. Police are now seeking the public's help in identifying the bespectacled, mustachioed madman who left the donut lady with severe burns.

Cops seek coffee-chucking patron in donut dustup

Fool wanted for overreacting to cost of sandwich
Fool wanted for overreacting to cost of sandwich

The customer said he paid. The donut lady said he owed a few bucks more. So in a display of temper more suited to a preschool playground than a Mantua donut shop, the customer chucked his scalding coffee back at the donut lady as he stormed out, cussing at her and another customer who dared intervene. 

And with that, a criminal case was born. Police are now seeking the public's help in identifying the bespectacled, mustachioed madman who left the donut lady with severe burns.

The incident occurred at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at the Fresh Donuts store at 3914 Lancaster Ave., police said. From the video, it appears the customer did pay, but a dispute arose over the amount, as the clerk appeared to say he was about $2.40 short. "I paid you for my sandwich, lady!" the increasingly agitated man shouted as a worker handed him a cup of coffee. The customer hurled it right back at her, eliciting a squeal from behind the counter and the concern of at least one other customer, who appeared to confront the coffee-chucker as he stomped out.

The man, who faces aggravated assault charges, was accompanied by another man and was seen arriving in a tan or gold Cadillac. He is described as a tall black man in his 40s, about 6-foot-1 tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a tan suit and tie, tan shoes and a gold watch. His friend had a green baseball cap and also wore a tan suit jacket.

Tipsters can call Southwest Detectives at (215) 686-3183.

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