Occupational hazzards

Plymouth man, 57, accused of tossing hot coffee on teen clerk
By Janice Nickerson, Boston Globe Correspondent | November 7, 2006

PLYMOUTH -- Allegedly upset over the $5.86 cost of two Dunkin' Donuts coffee-and-muffin orders , a 57-year-old landscaper threw the piping-hot drinks at a 17-year-old clerk, burning her left ear, neck, and side, according to police and prosecutors.

Kevin R. Thomas of Plymouth was arraigned yesterday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, hot coffee. He is accused of throwing the drinks at Chelsea Hanson after the teenage clerk came to the aid of another Dunkin' Donuts worker who had been struck in the face by an empty cardboard carry-out tray allegedly tossed by Thomas. [...]

According to the police report read by Kusmin, Thomas entered the State Road business Saturday morning, and was "rude and swearing" and "upset because of the price and taxes on the order."

Kusmin said a receipt was printed by the first clerk, Megan Urichuk, and shown to Thomas, at which time he is said to have thrown the empty cardboard tray at Urichuk, striking her in the face while stating, "Why don't you finish your job and put my coffees in the tray."

Kusmin said Hanson then spoke up, and said "Why don't you stop throwing things at her."

Thomas then allegedly threw the coffees at Hanson before turning and leaving the store. Court documents say Hanson received "first-degree thermal burns."

The incident was captured on the store's security camera. [...]

According to the police report, Thomas told police that he threw the cardboard tray at a clerk, and that the tray, with coffee, was thrown back at him. He expressed regret to police and "hoped the young lady wasn't hurt too bad."

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If this guy thinks Dunkin' Donuts' prices are high, he should maybe try to get out a little more.