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Tondalea McElroy, 36, of Burbank is facing a charge of battery stemming from the incident.
The ruckus erupted about 12:49 p.m. Thursday, April 28 inside the Popeyes Chicken, 4809 W. 77th St., Burbank. Police were dispatched to the restaurant following reports that a customer was physically fighting with an employee.
According to police documents, officers en route to the scene were advised the customer had left the restaurant. They found a woman in a nearby parking lot matching the description of the person involved in the melee — a female wearing all white with a leg brace — later identified as McElroy.
McElroy allegedly told police she was dining at Popeyes and requested more sauce from the cashier. McElroy said she was arguing with the cashier about payment for sauce when the employee reached over the counter and punched her in the face, the police report said.
The female cashier told police that after placing a food order, McElroy approached the counter, demanded hot sauce, and became angry when she was told she would have to pay for the packets.
According to the cashier, McElroy said, “Bitch, get me some more of that hot sauce.” The cashier said that after telling her it was against policy to give free sauce packets, McElroy threw a cup of iced tea at her face.
According to a witness, the cashier then walked around the counter and the two women began fighting. Popeyes employees separated the women and McElroy left the restaurant.
The incident was captured on store surveillance video. The responding officer said store video showed the cashier did not reach across the counter and strike McElroy as she claimed.
Police said the video showed that McElroy threw a beverage at the cashier, after which time the cashier walked around the counter and threw a beverage at McElroy.
“Both parties then began to strike each other at the same time about the face as mutual combatants,” the police report stated.
Police said McElroy did not have any visible injuries as a result of the altercation. The cashier had redness and swelling on her face with several scratches but refused medical treatment.
McElroy was transported to the Burbank Police Department where she was processed and released on a $150 bond. She is due in court May 19 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.