McDonald's Customer Attacks Staff With French Fry Scoop After Order Took Too Long—Police

A McDonald's restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, become the scene of a violent attack after a woman became angered while waiting for her French fries to arrive.

The Charlotte Observer reported one of the servers at the fast-food outlet was assaulted by a female with kitchen equipment used to prepare orders.

The local media site quotes officials saying in a release the woman wanted in connection with the attack "got angry about her wait time on French fries."

Police wrote in a news release: "When the food took longer than she expected, she went behind the counter and punched an employee with the metal fry scooper.

"The assault left a gash on the victim's forehead."

French fry scoops are large shovels typically made from stainless steel.

Newsweek has contacted Nashville Police Department and McDonald's for an update concerning this incident, which took place on October 2 at the restaurant on Brick Church Pike, near north Nashville's Interstate 65.

The woman was then reported to have driven away from the scene of the attack in a silver Chevy Impala car, in the presence of "a friend and children."

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A McDonald’s customer in Nashville, Tennessee, reportedly attacked staff with a french fry scoop after her order took too long Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The status and identity of the McDonald's employee are unknown, while authorities have released a series of CCTV screengrabs in an attempt to identify the suspect.

These show her wearing a coronavirus mask, although this was reportedly pulled below her mouth.

Horrifying assaults periodically take place at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald's.

A man was this month charged with murder after the body of an elderly woman was discovered outside a McDonald's restaurant in Texas.

Also in October, a customer was witnessed vandalizing a branch of McDonald's and then blaming the outburst on her diabetes and low blood sugar.

And a man was brutally knifed several times, apparently in an unprovoked attack by a stranger, at a McDonald's branch in Chicago.

The news of the recent violent crimes coincides with the release of the FBI 2020 crime statistics report highlighting how aggravated assault offenses rose 12.1 percent, while the volume of murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased 29.4 percent.

This report stated: "For the first time in four years, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased when compared with the previous year's statistics.

"In 2020, violent crime was up 5.6 percent from the 2019 number. Property crimes dropped 7.8 percent, marking the 18th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined."