McDonald’s worker sprayed with fire extinguisher ‘over price of cheeseburger’

Police have launched an investigation after a McDonald's worker was blasted in the face with a fire extinguisher during her night shift in an attack that could have blinded her.

Kimberly Friend, 21, was working in the drive-thru restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, last Saturday when a group of four men in a dark-coloured Sedan started arguing with her about the price of a cheeseburger.

Ten minutes later, the car returned and the men began recording the conversation on their phones.

A security camera inside the restaurant captured the moment the group suddenly discharge a fire extinguisher in Kimberly's face as she leans forward out the window.

She was covered in a cloud of white dust and had to jump backwards from the impact.

Kimberly was left shaken and taken to hospital for assessment.

She told 9News: "It was so fast, I inhaled it and I tasted it straight away. I thought this is poison or something.

"The nurses said it could have caused blindness – very lucky."


Kimberly's father, Steve Friend, said the attackers had used a small domestic fire extinguisher containing dry chemicals.

In an interview with local radio station 3AW, he said: "It was absolutely an assault, she could have been blinded.

"The potential for serious injury through letting off a fire extinguisher is incredible."

Kimberly had reported the matter to the police and said the men were of Caucasian appearance and in their early 20s.

The driver had a skinny build and brown scuffy hair, it was reported.

A spokesperson for McDonald's said: "We are thankful this didn't result in a more serious injury. This sort of behaviour is unacceptable."

Melbourne police have appealed for witness to the incident.

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