Thursday, 20 June, 2019


McDonald's customer charged with battering workers

McDonald's customer attacks employee reportedly over the restaurant's straw policy WATCH McDonald's Customer Arrested After Attacking Employee Over Straw Screenshot TJ Biandudi
Conrad Doyle | 06 January, 2019, 15:35

Biandudi said the employee told the man it was policy not to have plastic straws out.

Customer Brenda Biandudi recorded video of the altercation and said it all started when Taylor, 41, found no straws at the condiment bar and began screaming at employees, WFTS-TV reported. Taylor was later arrested by the police.

St. Petersburg police say the video shows 40-year-old Daniel Taylor grabbing Yasmine James' shirt. James, who said she comes from a boxing family, pulls back and unleashes a flurry of blows on Taylor.

The ordinance is meant to act as a yearlong transition period before a full ban on single-use plastic straws in restaurants takes effect in 2020.

Meanwhile, the workers intervened, asking the man to stop and get out of the store. Ms. James, who is the mother of a two-year-old, reacted to the attack by throwing punches at Taylor in self-defense, nailing several of them.

St. Petersburg, Florida, recently implemented a city ordinance barring restaurants from providing plastic straws unless customers ask for them. She said that she believes that the location played a role in the slow response by law enforcement. She can be seen taken aback but soon regains her balance and starts punching the man.

"Given the nature of the situation, we offered Ms. James paid time off until Sunday", Aday told CNN.

"You're fixing to go to jail", the attacked employee replied. Authorities said they responded to the McDonald's and saw the video of the incident.

Before leaving the restaurant, St. Petersburg Police said, the man kicked another employee in the stomach as she stood near the exit.

The video was recorded by Kinie Biandudi, a witness of the incident, and was shared all over social media by her brother TJ on Dec 31.

A police affidavit revealed more violence that didn't appear on Biandudi's video.

Celebrity attorney Mohammed Gangat has a thing or two to say about the now-viral McDonald's straw attack drama.

Subsequently, Taylor was in fact arrested and booked on two counts of battery. "We have been in contact with the police department and are fully cooperating with their investigation", McDonald's said in a statement to ABC News. I wanted her to keep her job.

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