Customer batters McDonald's employee during argument over straw

Gladys Abbott
January 6, 2019

"She told him we're not allowed to have (straws) in the lobby but he can get one upon request".

Cell phone video circulated online shows Taylor lunging to grab Yasmine James, who was working at the cash register, by the collar.

A viral video shows that a McDonald's worker fought back against an enraged customer who attacked her over a plastic straw.

According to Biandudi, it wasn't as egregious as it looked. She then starts punching him as he holds on.

James said she wants to use the incident as a way to fight violence against women. They say James is still traumatized by what happened, but she's trying her best to recover.

When Taylor was being escorted out of the business by McDonald's management, he kicked another employee in the stomach while she was standing near the door, police say.

"The customer had gone back in the restaurant and gone behind the counter and got in the manager's face", she said.

The employee has not lost their job in the incident.

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"This McDonald's is in a predominantly Black neighborhood, so not to anyone's surprise, the cops took a while to arrive", Kinie Biandudi said.

People could be heard saying "stop" and "let her go" in the background.

The whole incident was caught on camera by Brenda Biandudi.

Police said after starting their investigation, they were able to find and take Taylor into custody when officers responding to a report of an unarmed robbery recognized him from the video.

Upset about the lack of any straws in the condiment section, Daniel Willis Taylor - a white male transient, according to The Washington Post - proceeded to verbally scold a black female cashier. It had more than 4 million views on Facebook as of Friday. I'm grateful that Ms. James has entrusted me with her case; she's not alone in the fight anymore.

New Year's Eve didn't go so well for these people. "These last 24 hours have been very busy". "The voices were escalating, they started swearing at each other".

Then to the manager, the man said, "You're going to give me a goddamn refund". "We need to just treat each other right".

James believes she is getting paid while on leave however McDonald's has not yet confirmed this information.

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