SANTA ANA, Calif. – Law enforcement authorities in California are searching for a woman who was captured on video assaulting a McDonald’s employee after she didn’t receive enough ketchup with her order.

The wanted suspect ordered her food through the McDonald’s drive-thru before entering a back door to the restaurant used by employees, so she could ask for ketchup, Santa Ana police said.

When she was told she couldn’t be inside the restaurant, she “became combative,” according to police.

The woman “pushed, punched and choked” the employee, officials disclosed.


Santa Ana police are looking for a Hispanic woman who they said assaulted a McDonald’s employee after she was not given enough ketchup and told to leave the restaurant. (Santa Ana Police Department)

The police department released surveillance footage (shown below) showing the suspect in gray pants and a pink shirt shoving an employee in a blue shirt. Another employee is seen attempting to intervene.

“There’s no reason to physically assault someone because you didn’t get enough ketchup.”

– Cpl. Anthony Bertagna

An unidentified man believed to be with the suspect entered the restaurant and left with her. Police said they hope to find the man, but clarified that he is not in trouble, according to KTLA-TV.

“We’re actually grateful for the service he provided; he stopped the assault,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA, adding he is hoping someone will be able to identify the woman. “She’s the one that committed the crime. There’s no reason to physically assault someone because you didn’t get enough ketchup.”

Police said the woman is about 20 to 25 years old with brown hair. The McDonald’s where the altercation took place is located near Santa Ana College.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 714-245-8647 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

In related news, a South Carolina McDonald’s employee was charged with assault after he or she attacked a female manager with crispy bacon last week, police said.