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Not so sweet ending when worker is attacked by scalding caramel. (Tribune illustration)

A frozen yogurt store worker was burned on the arm when a “furious” customer threw hot caramel on him, but he later overheard the woman bragging about it at a Wicker Park Blue Line station and summoned police who arrested her, officials said.

Pilar Pitts, 24, of Westbury, N.Y. was arrested hours after the incident Monday afternoon at Forever Yogurt, 1924 W. North Ave., police said. Pitts was charged with misdemeanor battery.

“She was extremely upset because the hot caramel splashed on her a little bit,’’ said Forever Yogurt spokeswoman Jamie Lynn. “But she went to another level and threw the hot caramel topping at our team leader and burned his arm.’’

Lynn said the “furious’’ woman ran from the shop and the 21-year-old worker followed, yelling that he was calling police and was planning to press charges, Lynn said.

The worker filled out a police report around 2:30 p.m. and returned to work, Lynn said.

On his way home about three hours later, he ran into the officers who had taken his report and waved hello as he waited at a Blue Line L station, Lynn said. As he was about to get on the train, he overheard a woman talking and what she said “caught his attention,’’ Lynn said.

The woman seemed to be talking about him, saying, “I burned that (expletive).’’ When the worker turned, he recognized the woman as his attacker, Lynn said. She was arrested after a short chase with the help of the officers who were nearby, Lynn said.

The worker suffered redness and blistering to his left forearm and hand, police said. He did not go to a hospital immediately, but Lynn said the worker, who is “a little stubborn,’’ was planning on getting medical attention.

“He was so happy -- it made his day,’’ Lynn said. “If you ever meet this kid, he’s really the sweetest kid in the word. He wanted justice.’’

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