Burger King employee throws drink at customer – NBC 6 South Florida
A customer received a response “Whopper” in a drive-thru at a Hallandale Beach fast food restaurant when he said he asked an employee about a missing drink.
The confrontation, which was caught on video, occurred early Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. between customers and an employee of a Burger King on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
“If you were missing a Coke, you should have said when you were sitting here,” the employee tells the customer, who is filming.
“I told you!” the customer is heard saying.
In the video, the employee is seen throwing drinks at Melody Gomez and her boyfriend Elier after they argue over missing items from their order.
“He started throwing the two glasses inside the car, at full speed, while saying a bunch of things. And then after when they got out of the car – I got in the driver’s seat, and he saw I had the window down, he looked me in the face and threw a big slushie at full speed in my face, hitting me in the side,” Melody said.
The video, which was posted on social media, shows that even before Melody and Elier received their order, the employee had already had a confrontation with another customer.
“Come on, get your food, get it,” the employee says to the customer, who is standing at the drive-thru window.
The customer grabs his bags and says to the employee: “You’re a —hole!”
“You’re a —hole,” replies the employee.
By the time the couple asks for their missing items, things are already hot.
Elier posted the video on social media, where commenters pointed out that he and others in the car were heard repeatedly using a racial slur.
When asked if he understood how his use of the insult could be seen as insensitive or racially charged, Elier said he couldn’t see it that way.
“As you can see in my other videos, I use it as an expression, not as racist or trying to offend someone,” he said.
In a statement, Burger King said: “…We are working with the franchisee to better understand what happened at this location and what action needs to be taken as a result.”
The Burger King employee said the people in the car threw something at him – a packet of ketchup – and that may have been what caused the reaction.
The couple say regardless, their reaction was unwarranted.
“I want people to know that it’s not good in all aspects because I’ve never been physical and he got physical with me,” Elier said.
Hallandale Beach Police confirmed they responded to the Burger King, but there is no active investigation and currently no charges are pending.