Taco Bell sued after a Dallas store manager allegedly attacked 2 customers with scalding water

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  26 comments

By:   Maya Brown and Dennis Romero

Taco Bell sued after a Dallas store manager allegedly attacked 2 customers with scalding water
Two Taco Bell customers say they sustained serious burns when a manager at a Dallas store poured scalding water on them as they complained about an incomplete

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Two Taco Bell customers say they sustained serious burns when a manager at a Dallas store poured scalding water on them as they complained about an incomplete order, a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit against the restaurant chain, publicized Tuesday by one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, claims Brittany Davis and a minor identified only as C.T. were left with permanent skin damage and a lifelong change to their appearance from the incident.

The suit filed July 13 in a Dallas County district court alleges Taco Bell and workers at the restaurant displayed gross negligence and hiring negligence that set in motion the alleged attack.

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In a statement, Taco Bell said it takes the safety of workers and customers seriously and has been in touch with franchise owner and operator described in the suit. The company declined further comment citing pending litigation.

Taco Bell's parent company Yum! Brands, and a regional franchisee entity, North Texas Bells, which are also named in the suit, did not respond to requests for comment.

The suit also names Jane and John Doe, workers the plaintiffs have been unable to identify. Taco Bell and North Texas Bells did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the employees.

The Dallas Police Department said it is investigating the incident after the customers, identified by lawyer Paul Grinke as Davis and her niece, reported that they had been burned.

The department said a Taco Bell employee also claimed to have been assaulted. Grinke denied the allegation and said: "It is hard to imagine a scenario where it would be okay to pour scalding water all over a female minor."

The incident occurred June 17 when the pair failed to receive the correct order at a Dallas Taco Bell and went through the drive-thru a second and third time in unsuccessful attempts to get their order fixed, according to the lawsuit.

After being denied, the two parked and walked to the location's dining room, which was closed at the time, the suit said. An employee unlocked the door, let them in and locked it again behind them, it said.

When they asked for their order to be corrected, the employees refused, one employee challenged C.T. to a fight, and then a manager who they hadn't spoken with poured a bucket of hot water on the two, dousing C.T.'s face and getting the water on the chests of both plaintiffs, the suit said.

The two tried to flee but were stalled by the locked door, the suit said. By then, the manager had returned with a second bucket of hot water, but they escaped before a second attack, the filing alleges.

Restaurant workers followed the injured pair outdoors and laughed, taunted and clapped at them before they could drive away, the filing claims.

Family members rushed Davis and C.T. to a hospital, where some of Davis' skin came off with her clothes as she was treated and she ended up with deep burns to her chest and stomach, the suit said. Both were transferred to Parkland Memorial Hospital for additional treatment.

The suit claims Davis also suffered injury to her brain function, which triggered at least 10 seizures before she made it to Parkland.

C.T. had burns to her face, chest, legs, arms and stomach, according to the lawsuit, which said her mother removed mirrors from their home because her daughter couldn't "bear to see her own face."

"The burns on her face will cause discoloring and scarring that will forever impact her self-image," the lawsuit stated.

The claim seeks more than $1 million in costs and damages.

"All of this could have been prevented had Taco Bell placed human decency and customer service over a few dollars that it would have cost to get Plaintiffs' order right," the lawsuit alleged.

Crump and Grinke said they believe companies have a responsibility to hire people who respect safety and security at the workplace.

"Not only did Brittany and C.T. suffer physical trauma because of the burns," the attorneys said in a statement, "but they will now live with the psychological trauma that comes with an attack like this."


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Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1  Drinker of the Wry    4 weeks ago

Obviously, Yum! Brands, North Texas Bells and this local franchise owner failed in their hiring and operator training processes.  Their gross negligence failed to avoid hiring personal that throw scalding water on customers.  I doubt that their training program on customer relations included a  prohibition on injuring customers.   

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

I guess this is one that you had to be there to understand.

I'm also surprised to see this one on the front page with all that's going on in the news right now.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    4 weeks ago

Is Soros throwing cold water on you again? Damn those billionaires are mean.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1    4 weeks ago
Is Soros throwing cold water on you again? Damn those billionaires are mean.

Are you even on the right article?????????????????

WTF is THAT?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1    4 weeks ago

As someone who reads every article and links before commenting, please relate what led to your comment about Soros.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
2.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @2.1    4 weeks ago
Is Soros throwing cold water on you again?

I don't think that Soros works at this Taco Bell, the water was reported to be hot, not cold.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

I'm still trying to figure out what Hallux thought Soros has to do with this.

Does Soros own a big stake in Yum Brands or something?

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.5  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

@!@

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.6  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

The previous article, I believe it was you who seeded it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.7  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1.6    4 weeks ago
The previous article, I believe it was you who seeded it.

So you ARE on the wrong article!

I thought you said you read every article, the links to it, and comments on it before posting yourself.

Does that mean you read something somewhere concerning Soros and THIS article?

Please share that info!

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.8  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.7    4 weeks ago

As with everyone else, I don't follow the rules slavishly. My inner Libertarian Monarchist will never allow that. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.9  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1.8    4 weeks ago

I am just going by your very own words where you said you read every article and link and comments.

Is that not true?

Do you have anything to share that connects Soros to THIS article?

Or were you trolling with that comment?

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.10  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.9    4 weeks ago
Or were you trolling with that comment?

Right now I'm just cutting bait.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1.10    4 weeks ago

Sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you so.

Either you want me to believe your posts are truthful or you don't.

Introducing Soros into these comments seems like trolling to me.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.12  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.11    4 weeks ago

What's the current line these days? "I am only responsible for what I say, not what you 'seem' to think I said".

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.13  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1.12    4 weeks ago
"I am only responsible for what I say, not what you 'seem' to think I said".

Well, I can quote your statement that you read every article, the links, and the comments BEFORE commenting.

Were you truthful? Should I believe anything you write, or just pass it off as "may be truthful depending on the day" nonsense?

Because NO ONE but you managed to drag Soros into THIS article.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.14  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.13    4 weeks ago

Was I truthful? Yes!

Should you believe everything I write? Ask Rhett Butler.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.15  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @2.1.14    4 weeks ago
Was I truthful? Yes! Should you believe everything I write? Ask Rhett Butler.

Here is your quote:

I not only read the articles I comment on but I also go to the embedded links and if they have comment sections read those also. I have mentioned this many times ... please keep up ... thanx!

I found NOTHING regarding Soros in the link or article.

So I will assume you made some shit up in a poor, weak attempt at relevancy.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3  Hallux    4 weeks ago

Western civilization is aging and folks are getting rude ... soon I hope to block checkout lines by counting out $2.57 in cents, lose count and not just once.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
3.1  mocowgirl  replied to  Hallux @3    4 weeks ago
soon I hope to block checkout lines by counting out $2.57 in cents, lose count and not just once.

There will soon be only one checkout line that accepts any cash or coin.

What is your backup plan?

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.1  Hallux  replied to  mocowgirl @3.1    4 weeks ago

Theft or quoting Blanche Dubois.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
3.1.2  mocowgirl  replied to  Hallux @3.1.1    4 weeks ago
quoting Blanche Dubois.

I had heard of the character, but had to google for more info.

Blanche DuBois | fictional character | Britannica An alcoholic nymphomaniac posing as the  epitome  of genteel Southern womanhood,

Interesting.  Well, that should definitely garner some attention especially if you have the appropriate wardrobe to sell it.

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
3.1.3  squiggy  replied to  mocowgirl @3.1    4 weeks ago
What is your backup plan?

Already saw one. It's the special debit card plan, (Medicare, employment, gift...) that's been used up or unloaded. There's usually a huge holdup over $2.59.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
4  mocowgirl    4 weeks ago
hiring negligence

I would like to know what was in the employees' background checks that was overlooked or discounted in order to understand how "hiring negligence" applies.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Senior Quiet
5  Jack_TX    4 weeks ago

I know exactly where this place is.  I have a couple clients nearby.   It's kind of a weird neighborhood.   

There are plenty of successful businesses in the office buildings nearby, but there are a lot of subsidized apartments nearby and you always see panhandlers on the corners.  The retail in the area is kinda shitty.     

Given everything you see when you drive around the area, I'm guessing there may be more to this story.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jack_TX @5    4 weeks ago
Given everything you see when you drive around the area, I'm guessing there may be more to this story.

I have that feeling too.

 
 

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