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Woman Allegedly Attacked by Detroit McDonald’s Cashier

She claims it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Police are investigating accusations that an employee at a Southwest Detroit McDonald's assaulted a customer. Fox 2 reports that a 31-year-old woman, who chose to remain anonymous, claims she was ordering food at the McDonald's on Livernois and Vernor around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when a cashier attacked her.

The woman alleges that her children were in the restaurant's play area when she approached the counter to place her order with a male cashier. "He looked at me with a funny look and said 'Don't I know you?'" she tells a reporter. "I said ‘No I don't think so,' and I was really polite." She recalls, "And he said, 'No I do know you," really rude." The man asked if she knew someone named Tamika and despite insisting that she wasn't familiar with that name, he allegedly responded that Tamika was looking for her.

She tried one more time to order her food, but says the man reached over the counter and attempted to hit her and then came out from behind the counter and began beating her. "He just ran up to me and he punched me at least 20 times," she says, adding that there was no reaction by restaurant staff. A man eventually stepped in to help and the woman was able to gather her kids and get away. "You can see all the bruises on my hands and my arms — it's pretty bad." Police are looking into the incident and reviewing video footage.

This isn't the first time a restaurant employee has attacked someone. In November, an employee at another Detroit McDonald's location was caught on camera throwing water in the face of a homeless man. Just a month prior, a Tim Horton's drive-thru operator in Westland was accused of assaulting a patron with hot coffee after the customer allegedly spewed racial slurs at him.

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