Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Video shows McDonald's customer attacking worker over straw

Video shows McDonald's customer attacking worker over straw

Plastic straws are a big issue in St. Pete.

St. Petersburg police said the video shows Daniel Taylor grabbing Yasmine James' shirt. Next year, plastic straws will be banned there altogether.

According to customers in store, the man had became agitated after not being able to find a straw in the restaurant. He said there was no such law.

"I said, this is getting a little heated here", Biandudi recounted.

The man reached across the counter, toppling a completed order with fries, and grabbed the collar of a female employee's shirt. "I felt it was so disrespectful to talk to an employee like that and belittle her like that". The video captures the end of a violent confrontation between James and Daniel Taylor, 40, from New Year's Eve. He pulled her close to his face. James reacted quickly, punching the aggressor before other employees stepped in. They gripped onto each other as the woman defended herself. It took employees nearly 15 seconds to separate them. "The defendant was a customer at McDonald's, and the victim is an employee".

"I want her [expletive] fired", Taylor can be heard yelling after the altercation. This prompts the woman to retort, "No, you're going to jail!"

"Even if it was a mistake just ask politely". Another McDonald's employee asked him to leave. Police recognized him from the McDonald's video and was charged with two counts of simple battery.

James was not injured, according to the affidavit. On his way out, James kicked another employee standing near the exit door, Tateona Bell, in the stomach, police stated.

Daniel Willis Taylor 40 was later arrested for the attack and charged with two counts of simple battery
ST. PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENTDaniel Willis Taylor 40 was later arrested for the attack and charged with two counts of simple battery

"The young girl said she used to box", she wrote. Authorities said they responded to the McDonald's and saw the video of the incident.

Biandudi said she recorded the incident and posted it online.

A short time later, there was a report of an unarmed robbery at a Shell station, says CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV.

Bentil said the motive behind the attack is still under investigation.

McDonald's released an updated statement late Thursday saying in part, "We share the community's concern, and are taking this disturbing incident very seriously. All started because he wanted a straw", he wrote on Facebook.

"She had to do what she was doing", Biandudi said. "I think they acted appropriately", she said. "She needs to keep her job and I seriously hope she will".

We're still waiting to learn additional information.

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