The incident was caught on video by the restaurant’s security camera. The footage, which has since gone viral, shows a woman who police believe is Martinez, throwing a hot cup of soup at Sol de Jalisco manager Janelle Broland.
Martinez, 31, was taken into custody by Temple, Texas police Wednesday morning and charged with assault. She is being held at the Bell County Jail, and bond has been set at $5,000, police records show.
Police: Amanda Martinez was the Viral Soup Thrower
Janelle Broland said that she was working an especially busy shift at Sol de Jalisco in Temple, Texas on Nov. 7 when Amanda Martinez called to complain about the food she had just picked up.
“Basically this woman had called saying that her soup was so hot that it had melted the plastic lid into the soup,” Broland said in a TikTok post after the video had gone viral.
Broland said she offered Martinez a refund or an alternative meal, but that she ended the call after Martinez continued to “cuss” at her and the kitchen staff.
A short while later, the restaurant manager said, Martinez called back. Broland said she placed Martinez on hold for “no more than 60 seconds,” but that when she returned to the phone, Martinez had hung up.
Then, as seen in the video, Amanda Martinez arrived at the store, holding the cup of hot soup and was accompanied by an unidentified man. The restaurant security footage is silent, but Broland said the angry customer “still continued to curse and scream at me.”
During the conversation, Martinez is seen removing the lid of the soup cup. Just as Broland takes out her cell phone — she was preparing to call the police, she explained in the TikTok — Martinez throws the hot soup at her and quickly leaves the store.
Broland told TMZ last week, before Martinez’s arrest, that she planned to press charges and hoped the angry customer faced jail time.
Martinez Could Face Jail Time
Janelle Broland’s wish to see her alleged attacker behind bars may yet come true.
If convicted, the charge could carry up to a year in prison and as much as $4,000 in fees.
Broland wasn’t seriously hurt when the angry customer hurled the soup at her. She later said the food was no longer very hot, and that the spices in the soup were the worst part — “It felt like I got pepper sprayed,” she said in the TikTok.
But under Texas state law, any amount of pain experienced during an assault is enough to qualify for “bodily injury” in the eyes of the court.
Temple police spokesperson Alejandra Arreguin told local outlet KCEN that authorities originally planned to charge Martinez with only a class-C complaint, a consequence on par with a traffic violation. Arreguin said the charge was upgraded to misdemeanor assault, but did not explain why.
As of midday Wednesday, jail records show Martinez was still in police custody. It is not immediately clear when she will face a judge to answer the charges.
Janelle Broland told KCEN she was pleased by the news of Martinez’s arrest.
“When I last spoke with [Temple Police], it seemed like this process would take a lot longer,” she told the outlet.
“I’m not sure how to feel about being the one to put someone in jail, but I’m glad to see she’s facing the consequences of her actions!”