A group of teenagers in Houston, Texas are accusing Taco Bell employees of spitting at them, stabbing them, and ultimately burning them with boiling hot grease, KIAH reported Wednesday.
Though there are differing accounts from both parties, KIAH claims that the June 1 incident ended with one of the teens ending up in the intensive care unit with severe burns. The altercation allegedly began after a 19-year-old woman named Haronisha Alexander threw an empty water bottle out of a car window while ordering at the drive-thru. A man claiming to be the manager asked her to pick the bottle up, but she refused because it was raining.
From there, things get insane.
“He threw drinks and spit in my face and stuff, so my cousin went in to tell the manager, and the same man who did it ran from behind the counter with a butcher knife," Alexander told KIAH.
The situation continued to escalate. Alexander’s 17-year-old boyfriend then went in the restaurant and was allegedly stabbed before being rushed to the hospital.
Still, the Taco Bell employees tell a different story. They say Alexander came back to the restaurant, attempted to break in after the door was locked, threw rocks at the front entrance, and ultimately broke the drive-thru window. At this point, a worker admits to throwing a small amount of hot oil on the woman because she “feared for her life,” according to KIAH. Alexander claims to have suffered third-degree burns, while her boyfriend has burns on 70 percent of his body.
"It's just really messed up that they would get grease out of the deep fryer and throw it on us,” Alexander said. “Can you imagine how hot that is? You couldn't imagine the pain we went through.”
Still, Taco Bell seems to be defending its employees, as no charges have been formally filed as of yet.
“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we are very upset this happened in our restaurant,” the company said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the Houston police in their investigation and are in process of filing charges and property damage complaints with them. This was a traumatic incident for our employees and we are supporting them by offering counselling."