Amanda Martinez, 31, was charged with assault causing bodily injury for allegedly throwing menudo soup in restaurant manager Jannelle Broland’s face
A customer who was accused of throwing hot soup in a restaurant manager’s face was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday.
Amanda Martinez, 31, was booked into the Bell County Jail after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Martinez has been charged with assault causing bodily injury and is now being held on a $5,000 bond.
Broland, 24, was doused in the soup after Martinez angrily confronted her, claiming it was so hot that the plastic lid had melted into it.
Broland said the soup, which was still hot, ‘felt like she had been pepper sprayed’ and caused her eyes to burn and her nose to bleed.
By the time police arrived at the scene, Martinez and a male companion who witnessed the altercation had already left. She has since been banned from the restaurant.
Broland told KCEN News that she felt conflicted after after hearing the news of Martinez’s arrest, but she ultimately felt glad Martinez was being prosecuted.
‘When I last spoke with TPD (Temple Police Department), it seemed like this process would take a lot longer. I’m not sure how to feel about being the one to put someone in jail. But I’m glad to see that she’s facing the consequences of her actions,’ she told the outlet.
Sol de Jalisco manager Jannelle Broland (right) can be seen reasoning with the woman, who takes off the lid of the container of soup and points at it during the back-and-forth
Martinez reportedly threw the soup at Broland, grabbed her male companion and raced out the door
Broland, 24, was doused in the soup after Martinez angrily confronted her, claiming it was so hot that the plastic lid had melted into it
‘We do not condone this type of behavior and hold our citizens to the highest standard,’ Deputy Police Chief Allen Teston had said when Temple Police Department began the investigation.
Prior to the incident, Broland had received a call from Martinez as she complained about the soup being too hot.
Broland then responded saying she was ‘so sorry’ and even offered a refund.
‘Every time I would mention a refund or a free replacement meal, she would just cut me off and kept saying ‘This is f****** ridiculous’ or ‘Look at this s***,” Broland told DailyMail.com. ‘She did not seem to want anything, just to berate me.’
Martinez then returned to the restaurant later that day where she got into a face-to-face confrontation with Broland.
‘I pulled my phone out and that’s when I said, ‘If you do not leave or calm down, I am going to call the police,’ Broland said in a Tik Tok video.
Martinez has since been charged with assault causing bodily injury and is now being held on a $5,000 bond in Bell County Jail
The irate customer then abruptly threw the soup at Broland, grabbed her male companion and raced out the door, the video showed.
Broland said the soup, which was still hot, ‘felt like she had been pepper sprayed’ but was not seriously injured as a result.
‘The experience itself was traumatizing and heartbreaking,’ Broland told DailyMail.com. ‘[I] felt my spirit had been broken just knowing someone could do something so awful and then laugh about it.’
While she was incapacitated, wiping the ‘very spicy’ soup from her eyes and nose and slipping on the soup-coated tiles underneath her, customers in the restaurant took action.
‘By the time I got outside, there were already people recording their faces and their license plate,’ she said, referring to the woman and her companion.
Soon after, police arrived and Broland filed a complaint
‘When I last spoke with TPD, it seemed like this process would take a lot longer. I’m not sure how to feel about being the one to put someone in jail. But I’m glad to see that she’s facing the consequences of her actions,’ Broland said after Martinez was arrested
‘I was in shock, I ran to the bathroom. I was just crying and this really nice woman was wiping me off with paper towels and wiping my face and my hair and was so, so kind. One of my coworkers took off her work shirt, put on her hoodie, and gave me her work shirt.’
Broland was comforted not only by the support of her small community and close-knit restaurant staff, but the overwhelming sympathy she saw when the video went viral after her coworker shared the footage on social media.
‘I really only expected this to be locally viral,’ she told DailyMail.com. ‘I have a lot of friends in the restaurant industry, so I knew they would relate to this, or at least understand my frustration. I had no idea I would be contacted by news outlets and have the footage shared thousands of times.’
Martinez has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor, and if found guilty on charges of assault causing bodily harm, she faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000, according to the Texas Penal Code.
The incident occurred at the restaurant Sol de Jalisco in Temple, Texas (pictured). Martinez allegedly confronted Broland, claiming the soup was so hot that the plastic lid had melted into it