Police have arrested the man they say threw hot coffee on a teen employee at a McDonald’s in South Carolina because he was upset over the wait.
Joshua Emery Noel turned himself in to Camden police on a charge of second-degree assault and battery, the Camden Police Department said in a release Thursday.
Multiple people identified Noel as the driver who threw a cup of coffee on a teenage employee at the drive-thru of the McDonald’s on Wall Street in Camden last month, according to police.
During an interview after he surrendered, Noel admitted to throwing the coffee on the 16-year-old girl, police said.
The 16-year-old victim told officers a man pulled up to the drive-thru window and asked for a large order of French fries “because he was unsatisfied with the service because he was waiting too long,” The State reported previously. He asked to speak to a manager, and after a verbal exchange between them he began “acting obnoxious.”
The man told the girl he would throw hot coffee in her face, police said. He called her back to the window and, without her knowing, had taken the lid off a cup of coffee, which he then threw in her face.
Second-degree assault and battery is a misdemeanor that carries up to three years in prison, under South Carolina law.