Two women, Brittany Davis and her 16-year-old niece C.T., have filed suit after alleging that a Taco Bell store manager threw boiling water at them. The women are seeking $1 million in damages, saying the incident caused permanent skin damage and irreparable changes to their appearance.
The lawsuit says the injuries to C.T.’s face are severe. According to the Daily Mail, Kira, her mother, has removed the mirrors from their home, noting that her daughter can’t ‘bear to see her own face.’
The incident occurred on June 17 in northeastern Dallas. The women filed the lawsuit on July 13 and are being represented by a high-profile civil rights attorney.
Security camera footage captured the incident and gave insight into what took place. It shows that the conflict likely escalated as the plaintiffs moved to step behind the counter and into the restaurant kitchen. Minutes later, a woman on the phone is seen throwing water at them.
The plaintiffs allege they went through the drive-thru, only entering the Taco Bell when their order was incorrect. Davis and her niece say they spoke with an employee, asking for their order to be fixed when 16yr old C.T. was challenged to a fight.
From there, the conflict intensified. The plaintiffs say that they have 2nd and 3rd-degree burns as a result and that the water was thrown at their faces and chests.
Paul Grinke, one of the plaintiff lawyers, told NBC News ‘It is hard to imagine a scenario where it would be OK to pour scalding water all over a female minor.’
Plaintiff attorney Ben Crump took to social media to post a video of the incident.
A recently released video shows a Taco Bell employee in Dallas, TX, throwing scalding hot water on Brittany Davis and a minor. When they fled the store, another employee flashes a firearm! pic.twitter.com/blE5KZPd9s
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) July 23, 2022
Taco Bell responded, ‘We take the safety and wellbeing of team members and customers seriously. Taco Bell is in contact with the franchise owner and operator of this restaurant on this matter.’
As of now, no arrests have been made.