A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly splashing a McDonald’s manager with hot coffee after apparently flying into a rage over the cost of his breakfast order.
Elizar Ravelo, 64, turned himself in Monday and was booked into jail on a felony battery charge stemming from the August 25 java meltdown, which was caught on video.
Ravelo admitted during an interview with investigators that he was unhappy with the service at the McDonald’s on NW 36th Street in Miami Springs.
The thrifty coffee drinker got into a heated argument with the manager “over the amount he was being charged,” according to an arrest affidavit.
Shift manager Nayib Garcia told the station Local 10 News that the feud “was over a penny” and ended with his colleague suffering burns.
The footage from the fast-food eatery shows a man in the driver’s seat of a car, later identified as Ravelo, having words with a female employee through a drive-thru window.
When the woman hands the man a cup of coffee, the furious customer slaps it away, causing the liquid to spill onto the worker, who is then seen examining her arm.
The manager in the video, Stephanie Restuccia, told the station NBC 6 Miami she did not expect Ravelo to harm her.
“You never think that somebody’s gonna actually do it,” she said, revealing that the altercation left her with coffee burns on her right arm.
Ravelo was a regular at the Miami Springs McDonald’s and would routinely order a Sausage McMuffin with an egg on the side, and a discounted “senior” coffee because he is over the age of 55, Garcia said.
But on the day of the incident, Ravelo clashed with a drive-thru attendant over how much he was being charged for his order.
Restuccia then intervened, telling the coffee culprit that she did not like how he was treating her staff. She warned him that he would be banned from the eatery if his bad behavior didn’t stop, according to the affidavit.
Ravelo then allegedly began to verbally abuse the female manager and threatened to throw hot coffee at her – a claim he denied after his arrest.
“There is not enough reason for you to do that to somebody,” said Restuccia. “I would like to tell him, ‘What you did is wrong.’”
Ravelo was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.
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