Police Arrest Accused Hot Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Tosser

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    Police say the man that tossed hot coffee in the face of a Dunkin Donuts employee is in custody.

    The man who was allegedly caught on camera throwing a full cup of hot coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts employee is under arrest.

    Police arrested the accused coffee tosser, 36-year-old William Houser of the 3400 block of N Carlisle Street, Thursday, one day after releasing his identity.

    Police say Houser was angry over an expired coupon when he tossed the coffee onto the woman's face on the afternoon of Jan. 8 inside the doughnut shop at N. Broad Street and Wyoming Avenue in the city's Logan section.

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    Houser is charged with aggravated and simple assault for the caught-on-camera outburst.

    According to investigators, he frequents the store location. Last week, police say Houser walked into the store and ordered a coffee. He tried using a coupon to pay for the coffee but wasn’t allowed to since the coupon expired, according to investigators.

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    The man was angry that the Dunkin Donuts employee wouldn't allow him to use an expired coupon, according to witnesses.

    After paying for the cup of coffee, he got into a verbal argument with the woman behind the counter, investigators said.

    During the argument, he began to leave the store but as he walked towards the door he turned back around and thrust his cup of hot liquid into the worker’s face.

    "I was in shock, I saw him keep jumping at me. I knew he was going to do something," said Sheree Sutton, the employee.

    "It was hot, yeah, but most of it hit my shirt the same time it hit my face, so I didn't feel as much, but I felt it," Sutton said.

    Sutton was treated at an area hospital for coffee burns and some problems with her eyes that persisted days later.

    "Sometimes people like that need help, they need help to control their anger. I hope he gets the help he deserves,” said Sutton.