The Charlotte Observer
A customer accused of throwing hot soup at a cashier because its plastic lid had melted was arrested following a police investigation, Texas officials said.
The incident occurred at Sol de Jalisco restaurant in Temple on Nov. 7 and was captured in a video posted to TikTok, McClatchy News previously reported.
Now 10 days later, a warrant for assault causing bodily injury was issued in the case, according to a police news release.
Amanda Martinez, 31, was arrested and booked into the Bell County Jail.
The cashier’s story
In the TikTok video, the restaurant’s cashier said she had answered a call from the woman regarding soup that was so hot it had melted the lid into the soup.
“I told her I was so sorry,” the worker, who was not identified, said in the video. She added that she offered a refund and a free meal.
She said the woman continued to yell and curse at her over the phone before returning to the restaurant later that day.
“I pulled my phone out and that’s when I said, ‘If you do not leave or calm down, I am going to call the police,’” the worker said in her TikTok.
But she put her phone down, and that’s when the woman made a “split decision” to throw the hot menudo soup at her, according to the video.
The worker said the soup wasn’t as hot as when it was served to the customer, but the spices bothered her. She says it felt like she was pepper sprayed, adding that her eyes were burning and nose was bleeding.
In a news release sent to McClatchy News, police said “no physical injuries were sustained” and the customer left the restaurant before police arrived.
The customer was banned from the restaurant, police said at the time, and charges were pending.