Jack in the Box Worker Speaks Out After Being Shot Over Dipping Sauce

A Texas Jack in the Box employee has spoken out after he was shot following an argument over dipping sauce.

Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) deputies said Alexander Villanueva, 19, was shot in the hand at the Aldine Mail Route Road drive-thru, in Houston, at about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

Deputies said a customer became upset when they were charged for extra buttermilk dipping sauce and started to argue with staff, according to ABC13.

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An exterior view of a Jack in the Box restaurant on December 6, 2021 in San Rafael, California. A Houston Jack in the Box employee was shot in the hand following an argument over dipping sauce. Getty

Villanueva said he had finished his shift when the customer pulled around the front of the fast-food restaurant and again argued with staff.

He told the network: "I was like, 'why are they trying to get beef with me? I had nothing to do with it.'"

"I'm not trying to cause trouble in front of my job premises, you know? So, I told them to go to the side and then as soon as they were on the side, they were trying to run me over," Villanueva said.

The employee said there were several women in the car and that he threw his drink at the car as they drove away before the driver came back into the parking lot.

He told ABC13: "As soon as I saw, they were trying to get back to me to run over me again. I threw my food at their car."

Villanueva said he did not diffuse the situation, even after other Jack in the Box employees saw one of the women was holding a gun.

"If you're going to pull it (the gun) out. Pull it out. Shoot me. I'm not scared to die. Then she pulled the trigger the first time and nothing came out," the employee said.

He continued to tell the outlet that was when he saw a woman in the passenger seat loading a gun.

Villanueva said: "She pulled the gun, struck my hand. That's when I ran to the other side."

The employee said he needed to go to the hospital as the bullet went through his hand and shattered his middle finger. Villanueva claimed he needed to stay overnight and will be in a cast for two to four weeks.

Customer Omar Battles ABC13 called what happened "absurd," and said "aggravated assault over some ranch dressing?"

HCSO deputies issued a to-be-warrant on the driver who has been on the run since Monday, according to the outlet.

Newsweek has contacted the HCSO for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., 256 people in Houston this year have been injured as a result of being shot.

Newsweek has previously reported on cases where fast food restaurant employees have been shot by people who were angry about their orders.

Earlier this year, a woman allegedly shot a St. Louis County, Missouri, McDonald's employee following a dispute about a French fry discount.

When the employee went out for a smoke break, Terika Clay, 30, allegedly hit the worker over the head with a gun before shooting, KMOV reported.

Clay was later charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action and her bond was set at $150,000.