Hot and crispy? Arizona Wendy’s drive-by assault caused by a seemingly dissatisfied customer


Police in Arizona are on the hunt for a suspect charged with an unusual assault after police say she attacked a fast food worker with the food she ordered.

A disgruntled customer who ordered food at a Wendy’s restaurant was unhappy with her fries and chicken nuggets. The bag the food comes in ensures the food is hot and crispy, but police say they went too far in alerting the restaurant they were unhappy with the food.

Casa Grande police released a CCTV photo of a woman accused of assaulting the fast food worker in the drive-thru window. It happened at the only Wendy’s restaurant in Casa Grande, near Florence Boulevard and the I-10 freeway.

Woman suspected of assaulting Wendy’s employee in Casa Grande, Arizona

Varina Hunt says she witnessed the alleged assault.

“She said she had spicy nuggets instead of normal, saying they were burnt,” Hunt said as she stood in the drive-thru line trying to place her order.

She was able to hear the exchange between the suspect and the employee over the intercom and began recording it on her phone.

“OK. So give me some fresh chicken nuggets and fries,” the suspect said.

The employee responds by saying, “Fine. I don’t know why you got out of your car yelling at me.”

Hunt remembers what happened next.

“The lady was being harassed by another woman. She was saying, ‘Give me my F’ing food. She was calling him by all the names and saying, “I’m going to throw it at you and I’m going to hit you,” she said. “And I heard something being thrown.”

The angry customer threw the bag with fries and nuggets at the employee, along with a drink, police said.

The incident was reported to authorities and now Casa Grande Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying this woman.

“The lady was definitely overreacting,” Hunt said. “There are definitely better ways to deal with this. It’s called temper control – as my 3 year old knows.”

A similar incident occurred earlier this year at a Wendy’s in Ohio and a customer was arrested and charged with assault in the case.

Casa Grande PD asks anyone who might recognize this woman, believed to be the suspect, to contact Det. Seth Sangez at 520-421-8711, ext. 6330.


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