TEMPLE, TEXAS (KWKT) – A woman accused of throwing soup in the face of a Texan restaurant manager has been arrested, police say.
Temple police arrested 31-year-old Amanda Martinez on Wednesday after video of the incident went viral the previous week. Martinez has been charged with assault causing bodily harm.
She has since been released from jail, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to KWKT.
The incident, which was filmed, took place at the Sol de Jalisco restaurant in Temple, Texas.
Victim Janelle Browland Browland said the customer bought a takeout order for menudo soup, but called to complain on his way home.
“She’d called back, and… started complaining about how the plastic lid of the take-out container had melted in her soup, and kept pushing me away and saying, ‘Well, that’s ridiculous. “said Browland.” I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I know.’ And she said, ‘Can I, can I talk to a manager? I want to talk to a manager right away.
It was then that Browland told the woman that she was the manager of the restaurant. Browland said the woman then used several choice words – so Browland hung up the phone.
A few minutes passed and the phone rang a second time. Browland asked the woman to stand, in order to help the other customers at the counter. But when she returned to the phone, the call had been dropped.
“A few minutes later my host picked me up and said, ‘There’s this lady here talking about her take out,’” Browland recalls. “And I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’
“I took a deep breath and, you know, it’s not something I’ve never dealt with before. I deal with clients all the time. Certainly not on this scale. But nothing that I knew I couldn’t, you know, I couldn’t handle, ”added Browland.
The customer walked over to the counter to speak to Browland, who said the woman continued to use harsh language.
“I said, ‘Ma’am, I can always help you,” said Browland. “These are my exact words. I said, ‘Ma’am, I can always help you. I’m just asking you, you don’t talk to me that way. And it’s [when] she literally just grabbed the mug and just threw it at me at that point. “
Browland told KWKT that the soup has cooled since it was served, but said it was still hot. The spices, however, burned Browland’s eyes and gave him two separate nosebleeds, she said.