Texas Woman Arrested for Throwing Soup in Restaurant Employee’s Face

A Texas woman was arrested Wednesday after she was caught on camera throwing a profanity-laden tirade in a restaurant that ended with her throwing a cup of soup in the face of one of the employees. Amanda Nicole Martinez, 31, of Temple, was taken into custody and charged with one count of assault causing bodily injury.

According to the Temple Police Department, Martinez ordered a meal that she picked up from the restaurant. When she got home, Martinez reportedly called the restaurant to complain, saying that the soup she had ordered was so hot that it melted the plastic lid. She then returned to Sol De Jalisco.

In the surveillance video, Martinez appears to walk up to the counter carrying the soup and speaks to a female employee who is behind the register. That employee was later identified as Jannelle Broland. At one point during the brief interaction, Martinez can be seen pushing what appears to be the semi-melted soup lid across the counter towards Broland, who had taken out her phone. Approximately 22 seconds into the video, Martinez appears to take the soup and throw it in the face of Broland, who immediately runs out of the frame. Several customers followed Martinez, who reportedly ran out of the store before police could arrive. They took photos of her license plate and forwarded it to investigators.

✱The soup was menudo.

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Jannelle Broland

“My eyes were burning, my nose was bleeding, I was in a lot of pain. By the time I wiped it away and could almost see again, there were already customers and staff outside following her out,” she said in a second TikTok video.

“The spices from it are what hit me the most. I remember feeling the warmth of the soup, but my eyes burned so bad. My nose was burning. It kind of kind of took my breath away for a second because just the burning… I was really in shock from it all,” she said.

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