In a new lawsuit, employees of a Popeyes in Atlanta Georgia are accused of assaulting a woman at the drive-thru when she tried to correct her order.
The incident is said to have occurred in September 2022, at the Popeyes on Cleveland Avenue in Southwest Atlanta.
According to a lawsuit filed on Friday, after Denetra Daugherty attempted to correct an incorrect order, the employees attacked her. They allegedly pulled out a chunk from her hair, and left her bruised. Dawson claimed in her lawsuit that she was verbally abused by employees before they attacked when she attempted to fix an incorrect order.
Denetra Dawson, Fox 5 Atlanta: “I didn’t think I would make it back to see my children.” “I went to buy food for my children, but I don’t know why.”
Mawuli David, an attorney at the David Bozeman law firm who is currently working on this case, told The Outlet that one employee opened Dawson’s passenger side door and entered the vehicle, before attacking her.
Dawson claimed that three employees were responsible for the attack, and the only way to stop them was to pull out a firearm. After the incident, she called Atlanta Police.
A police report states that two people, Tenice Taylor and the minor, were both charged with battery. Tenister Evans, a third person, was charged with misdemeanor obstructing an officer.
Davis stated that “they ripped the braid from her hair all the way to the roots.”
Dawson says she has suffered both physical and psychological scarring as a result of the attack. She said, “They took away my identity. I’m proud of my hair and I can no longer get certain hairstyles.”
In connection with the attack last year, all of those who are accused of attacking Dawson as well as the restaurant and its owner have been sued.
Davis says that the manager of the restaurant had a criminal record involving violent crimes, and that Popeyes exhibited negligence in hiring this person without conducting proper background checks.
Davis stated in a press release that “this incident is an outrageous demonstration of Popeyes’ failures to prioritize the safety and well-being of their customers.” Popeyes showed a reckless disregard to the safety of its patrons by hiring a manager who had a violent past. The manager, two employees and the woman were violently assaulted in her car after they left Popeyes. We are committed to holding the restaurant responsible for their actions, and seeking justice for her.
Popeyes told Fox 5 Atlanta in a press release that “absolutely zero tolerance” is allowed in their restaurants for any form of violence.
The statement stated that “the franchisee of the restaurant confirmed that the incident occurred in September 2022 and all employees involved were terminated immediately.” We cannot provide any further details due to an ongoing lawsuit in relation to this incident.