KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - A McDonald's employee threw scalding hot water onto a customer at a drive-thru window, according to a lawsuit, and now that (former) employee is in jail after pleading guilty to the crime.
The victim, Evelyn Foulks, was left with first- and second-degree burns.
Foulks was at the drive-thru window of the Vernon Avenue McDonald's in Kinston when the incident happened, according to court papers.
Foulks, who was driving, was arguing with another woman in the vehicle.
The employee, Timothy Lawson Jr., thought Foulks was upset with him, according to the suit.
There will be "no disrespect at my window," Lawson told Foulks, according to the suit.
The victim told Lawson that her words were not directed toward him.
As Foulks was pulling away from the drive-thru window, Lawson threw scalding hot water onto her, according to the suit.
The incident happened in early August of last year, court papers show.
Lawson pleaded guilty to a charge of assault inflicting serious injury last month in connection with the incident.
A judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail.
Foulks has filed a lawsuit against the McDonald's location, which is owned by Dixon Foods.
Tim Sollars, the company's director of operations, released the following statement to NewsChannel 12:
"The safety and well-being of our customers is a top priority. The employee in question is no longer with our organization. Since the matter is currently in litigation, it would be inappropriate for us to discuss anything further."
Lawson, the former worker, has a violent criminal past.
He was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury in 2008, court records show.
Lawson could not be reached for comment because he is serving his jail sentence.