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California Woman Accused Of Instigating Ketchup-Fueled Fight At McDonald's Arrested

Mayra Gallo, who allegedly attacked a McDonald's employee over the amount of ketchup included in her food order, was arrested after authorities received tips from members of the public.

By Eric Shorey

A woman who allegedly attacked a McDonald's worker over the supposedly paltry amount of ketchup she received with her drive-thru order has been arrested.

Mayra Gallo, 24, of Santa Ana, California was arrested on Tuesday, according to ABC News, which added that her first court appearance was slated for Thursday.

In security footage from last month’s incident, a woman can be seen entering through the backdoor of the fast food facility and asking for ketchup, police said in a statement. The video shows the female customer becoming visibly agitated during a conversation with a manager. The woman can then be seen throwing fists at an employee before slamming the worker's head into the soda machine. An unidentified individual then attempts to break up the physical altercation.

"She didn't get her ketchup or enough ketchup, so she takes it upon herself to go through the employee entrance and confronts the manager and the manager says, 'Hey, you have to go outside,' and then the beating erupted," Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said last month, according to ABC 7 in Los Angeles.

Bertagna also expressed his gratitude for the person who separated the attacker from the victim.

“We're actually grateful for the service he provided; he stopped the assault," he told KTLA-TV, a Los Angeles, California-based news organization. “She's the one that committed the crime. There's no reason to physically assault someone because you didn't get enough ketchup.”

Police were unable to immediately identify the attacker and sought tips about the crime from the public. A police report indicates that help from citizens led to the arrest.

Video of Gallo's alleged assault on a McDonald's employee shared by ABC 7 has garnered over 140,000 views.

Gallo’s bail was reportedly set at $15,000; she was being held in police custody at the Orange County Jail as of Nov. 28. Jail records show that she is unemployed.

[Photo Credit: Santa Ana Police Department]

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