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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