Michigan Woman Takes Paintball to Face at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

A woman who was shot with a paintball gun while working at a McDonald’s drive-thru is recovering from her injury.

A woman who was hit in the face by a paintball at a Michigan McDonald’s drive-thru has been identified only as Kivona. The 25-year-old was working the late shift at the fast-food place in Dearborn, Michigan on February 26, 2018.

One drive-thru customer seemed irritated that the ice cream and frappe machines were down, but Kivona didn’t think much of it. After all, the man had still ordered a 10-pack of chicken nuggets and some sandwiches.

Kivona had opened the window to take the money from the customer when she was shot in the face with a paintball gun just after 1:00 a.m.

Paintball Shooting Not a Joke

Some people may ask: what’s the big deal? She got shot in the face with a paintball gun, not a real gun. How much damage could it do? In Kivona’s case, she was left with a pretty bad bruise and a painfully swollen face.

But what if the gun had been aimed a little differently? Paintball guns can vary by model and the type of CO2 tank used to propel the paintballs, but on the whole they do have the potential to cause serious physical damage.

In 2016, a homeless man in San Francisco was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot at point-blank range in the head with a paintball gun.

In 2001, a man in the U.K. died due to a blocked blood vessel caused by a paintball shot to the head. The blocked blood vessel caused a stroke.

In 2004, Colette Contois was killed when a C02 canister from a paintball gun flew off and struck her in the back of the head.

While many McDonald’s restaurants have security cameras that give drive-thru workers a view of the cars, the truth is, the cameras cannot see into the cars themselves. Kivona had no warning that she was going to be shot with a paintball gun until it was pointed at her face.