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Man throws hot water at San Diego barista

A coffee house worker in San Diego was scalded when a customer threw a cup of hot water at her face and chest.

June 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A San Diego man was arrested after he allegedly threw a cup of hot water at a coffee house employee, sending her to the hospital with second degree burns.

Police said the man asked for a cup of hot water in the Starbucks at the downtown Horton Plaza on Friday.

The water was free, but when he started taking condiments from a nearby table, he was told they were only for paying customers.

"The lady in the back screamed, and he threw the hot cup at her, directly to her chest and face," described a witness.

The victim was treated for burns to her face and chest. The suspect, identified as 58-year-old Dennis Christopher Lee, is believed to be a homeless veteran. He was being held on $8,000 bail.