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Man pleads not guilty to battery for allegedly throwing hot water at Starbucks barista in San Diego

June 21, 2011 |  7:46 am

A man who police say threw hot water on a San Diego Starbucks barista after she told him not to take condiments from the coffee shop pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor battery.

Dennis Christopher Lee, 58, allegedly walked into the Starbucks on Thursday and asked the barista for a complimentary cup of hot water, which she gave him.

Authorities said Lee then began taking items from the condiment table. After the barista told him the condiments were for paying customers only, authorities said, Lee threw the hot water on her.

The barista was treated for second-degree burns on her upper body.

Lee was jailed on $8,000 bail. His trial is scheduled July 14.


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