Injuries from hot coffee are on the rise, and a lot more common than you think, causing burns to tens of thousands of people each year. The use of hot coffee as a weapon appears to be on the rise – and while official statistics are not known, it seems we are seeing more stories like the one in Dover, Delaware.
34-year-old Tiffany Evans is under arrest after she became enraged at a convenience store employee who was making her a sandwich and attacked. Thankfully, she didn’t have a gun, but she did have hot coffee and pepper spray.
A woman is facing multiple charges after police say she threw hot coffee on a Delaware store employee and used pepper spray over a food order.
The Dover Police Department says on Wednesday, 34-year-old Tiffany Evans, of Dover, was arrested in connection to an assault the happened at WAWA, in the 1400 block of Forrest Avenue. Police say just after 8:45 PM, Evans placed an order for a sandwich and while the male employee was preparing the sandwich, Evans started to yell at him because she believed he was making a mistake. Officers say a female employee then told the 34-year-old to stop talking like that and that another sandwich would be made.
According to the report, Evans began to argue with the female employee and she then threw a cup of hot coffee in the employee’s face. Authorities say the incident caused burns to the woman’s face. The coffee also reportedly hit the male employee, causing damage to his personal cell phone that was in his pocket and $200 worth of food products in the sandwich prep area. Dover PD says the victim then walked around the counter and continued to argue with Evans, who then pepper sprayed the employee in the face.
It didn’t take long for police to find Evans, but it did take time to clean up her mess.
Evans then fled the scene in a white Honda Accord.
Officers say the victim was taken by ambulance for minor injuries as a result of the hot coffee being thrown at her. The store was apparently forced to close for over an hour to allow the pepper spray to dissipate and cleanup the food prep area that was damaged by the thrown coffee.
Law enforcement says Evans was identified by her tag number on her vehicle and later turned herself in to the Dover Police Department without incident. Evans was charged with assault 3rd degree, assault 2nd degree, offensive touching, criminal mischief (2x), terroristic threatening, and disorderly conduct.
She was later released on a $7,800 unsecured bond.