Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Man attacks employee at St. Pete McDonald's, gets pummeled

Man attacks employee at St. Pete McDonald's, gets pummeled

St. Petersburg police said the video shows Daniel Taylor grabbing Yasmine James' shirt. According to police, she defended herself by punching Taylor in the face.

Starting January 1st the city told restaurants they can no longer leave plastic straws out on the counter and by 2020 they'll no longer be allowed to hand them out.

James told Atlanta Black Star that Taylor, now in jail and facing battery charges, "grew enraged and started cursing" at her when she tried to explain that customers must request straws. He said there was no such law.

Twitter has been outraged, and user @AfroStateofMind wrote, "I count at least three grown men, one of whom looks like a supervisor of some sort, watch while this White man assaulted this Black woman employee".

As a response, the female cashier told him that it's the law now that they're not supposed to have the straws in the lobby, Biandudi told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

An intense fight broke out at a McDonald's in St. Petersburg, Florida, after a customer attacked an employee.

Other employees were slow to react but eventually separated the two. She noticed it was almost empty inside, save for a middle-age man who had just received his order and was walking over to the condiments.

As soon as Biandudi began recording, the argument turned physical.

And then lunged at her and had her by the collar of her McDonald's uniform and pulled her across the counter.

"I want her [expletive] fired", Taylor can be heard yelling after the altercation.

He told The Miami Herald that her quick thinking led to the suspect's arrest. My big cousin used to box professionally.

Despite giving it her best shot, James said she was injured and was "receiving worker's compensation".

"I felt it was so disrespectful to talk to an employee like that and belittle her like that", Biandudi said.

Taylor was escorted out of the restaurant and police were called to the scene.

A McDonald's representative did not respond to specific questions sent by email - including what protocol employees should follow if a customer turns violent - but said instead the company was "fully cooperating" with police.

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