VIDEO: Customer batters McDonald's employee during argument over straw
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - A video of a fight between a customer and an employee at a McDonald's in St. Petersburg is going viral on social media.
Daniel Taylor was arrested New Year's Eve on two counts of simple battery.
According to the affidavit, Taylor was in McDonald's around 6:50 p.m. when he reached over the counter and grabbed an employee, Yasmine James, by her shirt.
Another customer took cell phone video of the fight, where Taylor is seen grabbing James first.
James then punches Taylor multiple times.
The video has over a million views on Facebook.
VIEWERS NOTE: The video below contains colorful language that may be offensive to some.
Police were called after Taylor was told to leave.
According to the arrest report, Taylor kicked another employee, Tateona Bell, in the stomach. Bell was holding the door as Taylor was being escorted out by management.
McDonald's released the following statement about the incident:
“Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants. We have been in contact with the police department and are fully cooperating with their investigation.”
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