A viral video of a Popeyes employee who released a woman outside a Tennessee restaurant has resulted in an arrest on Friday.
Deriance Ra & # 39; Shaiel Hughes, 29, was charged with felony aggravated assault for the incident stemming from a warning between the woman and street kitchen staff.
A lawyer representing the victim, Debra Staggs, 55, said she was trying to get a refund after allegedly being double charged for food, local television station WSMV reports.
However, things escalated quickly as Staggs and Hughes got into an argument at the cash register. In a video posted on Twitter, Hughes is seen slamming Staggs to the ground outside.
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There are conflicting accounts of what happened before the violent attack. In another video that captured the argument inside the restaurant, employees accused Staggs of using the N-word and repeatedly asked her to leave.
Staggs & # 39; attorneys said that their client denied using racism and that the store manager "immediately started offending her" when she returned to ask for a refund after checking her bank statement.
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Staggs became "confused and scared" during the rescheduling, her attorney said, trying to leave the building before she was attacked. She reportedly had six fractured ribs, nine fractures and a broken knee.
Jeff Janssen, a Popeyes employee, told WSMV that Hughes was fired after the incident. "It was unsolicited. There was no reason for that, he said.
A Popeyes spokesman said in a statement to a Fox affiliate that the company was "shocked" by the attack.
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“These actions are in complete violation of our standards and the integrity of our brand. Following an investigation, the franchisee took immediate action, and we were informed that the employee has since been terminated, the spokesperson said.
"The whole circumstance is very unfortunate for all involved, and we never hope to see this kind of behavior again."
Altercation in Tennessee comes after a series of violent incidents at other Popeye's restaurants around the country, some of which have been tied to the fast-food restaurant's popular chicken sandwich.
Drawers were sent flying at a Popeyes restaurant in San Antonio on Tuesday during a fight between a customer and an employee. The two unidentified women were seen throwing food trays at each other in a dispute that was captured on video and posted on Twitter.
In a separate shift captured on camera in Maryland, an employee and a male Popeyes customer were seen squirming behind the counter as customers and other employees watched. Investigators confirmed that the incident was triggered by a confrontation between a customer and an employee after the customer demanded a refund.
In another incident on Sunday, one man was stabbed to death outside another Maryland Popeyes. The stabbing happened after two customers allegedly got into a stabbing over one of the men who cut a line reserved for the restaurant's popular chicken sandwich.