A viral video of a corpse of a Popeys employee of a woman in front of a restaurant in Tennessee led to an arrest on Friday.
Dariance Ra & # 39; Shail Hughes, 29, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief for an incident stemming from a dispute between a woman and staff at a fast food establishment.
The lawyer representing the victim, Debra Staggs, 55, said she was trying to get a refund after she was reportedly billed twice for food, according to local WSMV television station,
Things quickly, however escalated as Staggs and Hughes embarked on a cashier counter. In a video posted on Twitter, Hughes is seen knocking Staggs to the ground outside.
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There is conflicting evidence of what happened before. In another video that captured the dispute inside the restaurant, staff accused Staggs of using the N-word and repeatedly asked her to leave.
Staggs' attorneys stated that their client refused to use racial fraud and that the store manager "immediately began to insult her" when she returned to request a refund after verifying her bank statement.
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Staggs was "confused and scared" during the dispute, her lawyer said, and tried to leave the building before being attacked. She reportedly received six cracked ribs, nine fractures and a broken knee.
Jeff Janssen, an employee of Popeys, tells WSMV that Hughes was fired after the incident. "It was not requested. It was not the reason, "he said.
A spokesman for Popeys said in a statement to a Fox affiliate that the company was" shocked "by the attack.
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"These actions are proceeding fully in accordance with our standards and the integrity of our brand. Following the investigation, the franchisee took immediate action and was informed that the employee has since been terminated," said the spokesman.
"The whole circumstance is extremely regrettable. for everyone involved and hopefully never Let's not see this type of behavior anymore. "
The Tennessee dispute comes after a series of violent incidents at other Popeyes restaurants across the country, some of which are linked to the popular chicken sandwich.
Trays were sent to fly to restaurant Popayes in San Antonio on Tuesday during a fight between a customer and an employee, and two unidentified women were spotted throwing trays of food.
In a separate dispute caught on camera in Maryland, an employee of Popeys and a client man were spotted arguing behind the counter while customers and other employees watched. Investigators confirmed that the incident was triggered by a confrontation between client and employee after the client requested a refund.
In another incident Sunday, a man was stabbed to death outside a different Maryland Poppy. The stabbing happened after two customers were reportedly confronted by a scuffle over one of the men who cut a line reserved for the restaurant's popular chicken sandwich.