The attack occurred in the Crown Fried Chicken at 716 H St. NE about 1:15 p.m. Monday.
The employee was working near the restaurant’s counter when a man tried to take money from the tip jar, saying he left a dollar on the ledge, according to authorities. The worker then tried to stop him, prompting the man to shoot the pepper spray in the employee’s eyes.
The man with the pepper spray fled soon after.
The victim declined medical attention, but washed his eyes out with water.
“He’s OK now,” Crown Fried Chicken owner Noor Ullah told Borderstan.
Police haven’t released a suspect description.
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