Cleveland man gets jail time for throwing hot coffee on a McDonald’s employee

Cleveland man sentenced for throwing hot coffee on a McDonald's employee

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland man was sentenced Tuesday for throwing hot coffee on a McDonald’s employee this past February.

Joseph Deluca was also sentenced for an unrelated incident where he hit a man with his car and then beat him up.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shannon Gallagher sentenced Deluca to a total of three years in prison and three years probation.

Deluca was in the drive-thru of the restaurant at 3211 Clark Ave. on Feb. 19, when he was handed a tray with two large cups of hot coffee.

The employee asked to see his receipt, because she noticed he had only ordered one, and Deluca got out of his car and threw both cups of coffee in her face.

Deluca then drove away and was tracked down by Cleveland police later that day.

The employee, who doesn’t want her name to be released, suffered burn marks on her neck and shoulder.

McDonald's worker hurt when customer threw hot coffee on her.
McDonald's worker hurt when customer threw hot coffee on her. (Source: WOIO)

She was treated and released from MetroHealth Hospital and the owners of the restaurant picked her up and bought her dinner.

Deluca’s attorney said Deluca has a “problem with anger management” and “taken every measure to deal with these issues and hopefully will refrain from getting involved in incidents of this nature.”

Court records show Deluca’s criminal history in Cuyahoga County dates back to at least 1994.

He has a lengthy history of felony criminal convictions, mostly for burglary/theft and drugs.

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