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CCTV captured the moment Amanda Martinez threw the soup in the face of Jannelle Broland, the branch manager at Sol de Jalisco Mexican restaurant in Temple, Texas.
The viral footage showed Martinez arguing with Broland before flinging the meal in her face and hastily leaving the premises.
The incident took place on 7 November and Temple Police Department have now arrested Martinez, who is charged with assault causing bodily injury.
A spokesperson told LADbible: "The suspect involved in a disturbance on 7 November at Sol De Jalisco, 4201 S. General Bruce Dr., is in custody this morning.
"At 9.30am a warrant service for assault causing bodily injury was issued for 31-year-old Amanda Martinez off State Highway 317.
"She was placed under arrest and transported to Bell County Jail."
Broland claimed Martinez first called the restaurant to complain about her soup being so hot that the plastic lid of the takeout box had melted.
After receiving a lot of abuse, 24-year-old Broland said she hung up - only for Martinez to turn up at the restaurant minutes later.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said: "Every time I would mention a refund or a free replacement meal, she would just cut me off and kept saying 'This is f***ing ridiculous' or 'Look at this s***'.
"She did not seem to want anything, just to berate me."
Broland said she 'felt like she'd been pepper sprayed' when she was hit by the 'very spicy' soup, but fortunately she wasn't seriously injured.
The incident did have a profound effect on her though.
She explained: "The experience itself was traumatising and heartbreaking.
"I felt my spirit had been broken just knowing someone could do something so awful and then laugh about it."
Speaking after the incident, Deputy Chief Allen Teston encouraged locals to complain in a civilised manner.
He said: "We do not condone this type of behaviour and hold our citizens to the highest standard.
"If a citizen believes they have received poor service we advise them to remain civil until the problem is resolved."