McDonald's worker nearly blinded in fire extinguisher attack in drive-thru

A young McDonald’s worker has been told she’s lucky not to have lost her eyesight after she was attacked with a fire extinguisher by a group of people who were angry over the price of cheeseburgers.

Kimberley Friend, 21, was working at the fast food restaurant’s Heidelberg Heights 24-hour branch in Melbourne’s north east on Saturday night when four people in a dark-coloured sedan pulled up at the drive-thru window at around 2am.

Ms Friend said the group had argued with her about the price of cheeseburgers.

21-year-old Kimberley Friend was working at Heidelberg Heights McDonald's when she was attacked by a group of customers at around 2am on Sunday. Source: 9News

The four people had driven away before returning ten minutes later to continue the argument and to record it on their mobile phones.

One of the occupants of the vehicle then produced a fire extinguisher from inside the car and sprayed Ms Friend in the face through the restaurant’s open window.

"It was so fast, I inhaled it and I tasted it straight away," she told 9News.

"(I thought) this is poison or something."

The 21-year-old was taken to hospital for assessment where she said she was told by nurses it could have “caused blindness”.

CCTV captured the attack at Heidelberg Heights McDonald's. Source: 9News

"It's still pretty bad but it could have been a lot worse," she said.

"I'm just very thankful.”

Despite escaping the incident with no lasting physical injuries, Ms Friend was left visibly shaken by it.

“She has had to take time off work due to the shock of the unprovoked attack,” Heidelberg Police Constable Kim Buffett said.

Victoria Police confirmed the incident was being investigated and police were searching for three men and a woman, all of whom were described as Caucasian.

Anyone with information, who witnessed the incident or who may have dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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