The Oak Lawn police were called to the Slice Factory on March 23rd when a woman allegedly left the business without paying for a $1.98 lemonade beverage.
A woman, her boyfriend, and her cousin, purchased food at the restaurant and the woman began choking on the food and was given a cup of water by an employee. The woman also allegedly poured lemonade into a cup for herself and the employee demanded $1.98 for the lemonade.
The woman recovered from choking on the giant slice and was arguing with the employee about the necessity of paying for the lemonade. The woman, identified as Freddreka McMiller, told the police when they arrived that the employee began advancing toward her and she was trying to create space between her and the “advancing” employee when she “unintentionally” spilled water on the employee.
Another employee, however, described McMiller’s behavior as loud and threatening. McMiller may have evidence to prove that she was a victim or that she was loud and threatening. Her cousin was using his phone to video the encounter for some reason. The video taking cousin told the officer that McMiller refused to pay for the lemonade because she felt it was “basically water”. The employee said that McMiller threw the cup at her and left.
The employees followed McMiller into the parking lot and McMiller’s boyfriend gave one of the employees $2.00. Evergreen Park police were the first to show up at the restaurant and stopped the three individuals from leaving.
The Oak Lawn police assisted and eventually took over at the scene. When the Oak Lawn police arrived, they reported that McMiller had been told by the Evergreen Park police to stop but that she was “defiant, including yelling and preventing the EPPD officer from subduing her by pulling her arms away.” She was placed in handcuffs and calmed down.
McMiller, a 25 year old black woman, was charged with battery and with disorderly conduct. The three individuals were given criminal trespass warnings to stay out of the business. McMiller provided a Chicago address to the police.
For some reason, the name of the business was not included on the police report. However, the address corresponds to the Slice Factory. Police reports include the names of businesses where criminal activity occurs. At least one other restaurant is in that mall.