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Dunkin’ Donuts customer using racial slur punched to death by worker

Dunkin’ Donuts employee Corey Pujols, left, is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a person older than 65 after allegedly punching a customer (Pictures: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office/Getty Images/Google)

A 77-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts customer used a racial slur on an employee who allegedly punched him in return, causing him to die. The unidentified victim got into a fight with donut shop worker Corey Pujols, 27, who faces charges in his death.

The customer was at the drive-thru of the Dunkin’ Donuts inside the Marathon gas station at 410 South 50th Street in Tampa, Florida, last Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The elderly man got angry over an apparent lack of service, and was then reportedly asked by employees to leave.

Rather than take off, the customer parked his vehicle and went inside the store and got into an argument with Pujols. The customer allegedly made a racial slur at Pujols, who is black, and dared him to say the phrase again. The customer repeated it.

Pujols then allegedly punched the customer in the jaw and caused him to fall down backwards and hit his head on the concrete floor, according to a Tampa Police Department report.

Police and fire personnel called to the store around 1.30pm found the customer unconscious and bleeding from his head. Tampa Fire Rescue crews transported him to Tampa General Hospital, where he was put in the intensive care unit. The victim died three days after the altercation.

Pujols told police that the customer was ‘extremely rude’. Cops did not disclose the details of the slur.

An autopsy showed that the man died of a skull facture and brain contusions, according to the newspaper. 

Pujols was arrested on Friday and has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a person older than 65. It carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. Pujols will be represented by a public defender, jail records show.

The Tampa Police Department does not release the identity of victims due to its interpretation of the voter-approved Marsy’s Law, which is designed to protect victims of crimes.

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