HR Strange But True!
September 07, 2001
We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright weird...

Special orders do upset us

Think you've got employees with bad tempers? Consider the case of the flying, burning-hot corn oil in Maywood, Ill.

Because a customer asked for thighs instead of drumsticks, a Church's Fried Chicken employee threw hot corn oil on her and burned her, according to a lawsuit by the woman in Cook County Circuit Court, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Church's employee Rex Thompson, 29, was charged with battery for throwing the hot oil on the woman, Stacy Campbell, 30.

Campbell's suit demands more than $50,000 from Thompson and Church's.

According to Campbell and her suit, things happened this way: She ordered lunch for herself and her husband and argued with Thompson about the price of the meal. "They advertised three pieces of chicken for $2," Campbell said. The chicken special, which comes with fries and a biscuit, ordinarily goes for $2.99. Thompson argued with her but eventually charged her the lower price.

But as she walked out the door, her husband noticed they had given her drumsticks instead of thighs that he wanted, she said.

"I went in there and I asked him "Can I get some [thighs]?" she said. "He was like, 'I owe him a dollar.' I'm like, 'I owe you a dollar for what?' He had an attitude. He said, 'You ain't getting nothing else.' I'm like, 'The customer's always right.' He said, 'I don't want to hear that s---.' I got mad and I cussed him out. He got mad and he threw the grease at me.' "

Source: Chicago Sun-Times.

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