WEST PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who was caught on camera throwing hot coffee on a donut shop clerk.
It's hard to believe, but police say this assault inside a donut shop happened because of a dispute over the payment of a $2 sandwich.
It was a jaw-dropping moment caught on camera. You can hear the screams after Philadelphia Police say Tuesday morning a well-dressed man with the mustache threw a cup of hot coffee on a worker inside Fresh Donuts at 3914 Lancaster Avenue.
He claimed he had already paid for the sandwich he ordered. So when the woman asked him to pay up, he became outraged.
"I paid for my sandwich, lady," the man is heard saying on the surveillance recording. "Listen, I paid for my sandwich. I don't need $2.25 or whatever you charged me... $2.40 cents."
The man then went on a profanity-laced rant before prying the coffee out of a worker's hands and throwing it on her.
Customers confronted the man, but no one stopped him from walking out of the store with a friend who was spotted at the counter with him wearing a green hat.
Witnesses say the coffee-thrower was in a tan or gold Cadillac.
Meanwhile 27-year-old Sok Caea wrenched in pain from behind the counter. Not only was she back at work Thursday but you can see the severe burns she suffered to her arm.
She used a translator to speak with us.
"She's doing okay, she's doing fine right now just hurt a little bit," said the translator.
The woman moved from Cambodia last year and is working in the donut shop part time to see if she would want to start her own business. After her experience with this customer, her translator told us she's thinking twice.
"I think it's just senseless over a sandwich and then you hurt people like that, it's just not right," said co-worker Van Eap.
If you recognize the man in the surveillance recording, who is now facing aggravated assault charges, Southwest Detectives is handling the investigation. They'd like to hear from you.
They are looking for an African American man, about 40 years old, 6' 2" tall, about 200 pounds, with a mustache. He was wearing glasses, a tan suit and tie, tan shoes and a gold watch.
If you recognize the man in the surveillance video you are asked to call 911, submit a tip by telephone by calling 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting a tip to PPD TIP (773847).