Hot oil used as weapon during Taco Bell brawl

HOUSTON (WCMH) – One person was stabbed and two others burned with hot fryer grease during a fight at a Texas Taco Bell last week.

It happened June 1 at a Taco Bell in Houston, Texas.

Haronisha Alexander says it all started when the Taco Bell manager saw her throw a bottle out the window of her friend’s car, KTRK-TV reported.

“I just threw a bottle out the window and he told me to pick it up and I told him no, and everything just occurred,” Alexander said.

An argument and fight ensued between her group and the employees at Taco Bell. During the fight, chairs were thrown, a large knife was used and Alexander says she was burned with hot oil from the deep fryer.

“If you disagree with your food at any restaurant, you do not deserve to have the employees throw hot boiling grease on you and stab somebody else with a butcher knife,” said community organizer Quanell X.

Houston police told KTRK that the restaurant manager reported the incident to police and said the hot oil was used in self-defense after Alexander’s group was throwing rocks and breaking windows. Alexander disputes that assertion.

“It’s just messed up they would get grease out of the deep fryer and throw it on us,” Alexander said. “Can you imagine how hot that is?”

Taco bell sent NBC4 the following statement about the incident:

The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we are very upset this happened in our restaurant. We are cooperating with the Houston police in their investigation and are in process of filing charges and property damage complaints with them.  This was a traumatic incident for our employees and we are supporting them by offering counselling.”

No charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.

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