A viral video of a Popeyes employee assassinating a woman outside a Tennessee restaurant resulted in an arrest Friday.
Deriance Ra & # 39; Shaiel Hughes, 29, was charged with felony aggravated assault assault stemming from a divergence between female and employees within the fast food location.
A lawyer representing the victim Debra Staggs, 55, said she was trying to get a refund after being charged with twice being charged for food, reports local TV station WSMV.
Things rose quickly, however, as Staggs and Hughes argued over the cashier's counter. In a video posted on Twitter, Hughes sees Staggs falling to the ground outside.
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There are conflicting accounts of what occurred before the violent attack. In another video that captured the argument inside the restaurant, employees accused Staggs of using the N-word and repeatedly asked to leave.
Staggs' lawyers alleged that their client denied using the racur slur and that the store manager "immediately began insulting him" when he returned to request a refund after reviewing his bank statement. OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER
Staggs was "confused and scared" during the altercation, his attorney said, and tried to leave the building before he was attacked. He was reported to have suffered six broken ribs, nine fractures and a broken knee.
Jeff Janssen, a Popeyes employee, told WSMV that Hughes was fired after the incident. "It's ignored. Is there no reason for it," he said.
A Popeyes spokesman said in a statement to a Fox affiliate that the company was "shocked" by the attack.
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"These actions run contrary to our brand's standards and integrity. Following an investigation, the franchisee took immediate action and we informed the employee that it was over, ”the spokesman said.
"The whole situation is extremely unfortunate for all involved, and we hope never to see this kind of behavior again."
The diversion in Tennessee came after a violent incident at other Popeyes restaurants across the country, some of which are tied to the restaurant's famous fastfood sandwich.
Trays were sent flying to a Popeyes restaurant in San Antonio on Tuesday in a fight between a customer and an employee. Two unidentified women were seen throwing food trays at one & # 39; He wasn't one of a dispute caught on video and posted on Twitter.
In a separate altercation caught on camera in Maryland, a Popeyes employee and male customer were seen sneaking behind the counter while customers and other employees were watching. the incident was sparked by a confrontation between a customer and an employee after the customer requested a refund.
In another incident on Sunday, a man was stabbed to death outside of another Maryland Popeyes. The robbery occurred after two customers reportedly rioted one of the men cutting a line reserved for the restaurant's popular chicken sandwich.