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UPDATE: Popeyes Worker Who ‘Body-Slammed’ A Customer Is Arrested

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UPDATE: Popeyes Worker Who ‘Body-Slammed’ A Customer Is Arrested

UPDATE: Popeyes Worker Who ‘Body-Slammed’ A Customer Is Arrested

The Popeyes worker who was seen body-slamming a woman outside a restaurant in Tennessee has been arrested. According to The Daily Mail, Deriance Ra’Shaiel Hughes, 29, was charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly attacking customer Debra Staggs.

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In the video, you can see the two going back-and-forth, apparently over an order. Some witnesses say that Hughes got angry after Staggs disrespected him multiple times and even called him the N-word. However, Rocky McElhaney Law Firm which is representing Staggs, 55, said she did not use the racial slur while trying to dispute her order. It was noted that she had eaten at the restaurant on Sunday and decided to come back on Tuesday after realizing she had been charged $13.11 twice for chicken tenders, corn, biscuits, and apple pies. 

The law firm says as a result of the incident, Staggs was left with a broken leg, nine fractures in her elbow and six broken ribs. The Daily Mail reports that she has already had two operations and is expected to need months of rehabilitation. 

A spokesperson for Popeyes released a statement saying,

“These actions run completely contrary to our standards and the integrity of our brand. Following an investigation, the franchisee took immediate action and we were informed that the employee has since been terminated. The entire circumstance is highly unfortunate for all involved and we hope to never see this type of behavior again.”

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