Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

McDonald’s employee attacked by man over a straw. She fought back

McDonald’s employee attacked by man over a straw. She fought back

A female McDonald's employee who threw a volley of punches at a violent homeless man who lunged at her and yanked her shirt has been identified as a former boxer. The employee, Yasmine James, fought back by repeatedly punching Taylor as the other employees tried to separate them. Upon leaving, however, cops say Taylor kicked another employee who was close to the door. The whole incident was brought under the light by another customer in the restaurant at that time, Brenda Biandudi who pulled out her phone and recorded the brawl that took place at the counter.

When he asked her for a straw, he was told that plastic straws are not available anymore at which Taylor began to scream.

According to WFTS, a new law in St. Petersburg took effect January 1 requiring customers to ask for a straw at restaurants instead of them being openly available.

"He was very upset, he started berating her, swearing, saying 'There's no law like that, '" Biandudi told BuzzFeed News.

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. Two other employees then intervene, with one pulling Taylor away from the counter. When James said he was going to jail for assaulting her, the man shot back, "I was just asking you a f***ing question, bitch". "You should try to avoid physical confrontation, but if someone put hands on you, you have to defend yourself", she continued.

The new year started with the emergence of a quickly viralized video of a confrontation at a St. Pete McDonald's.

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"I didn't want (the video) to be out there, but when I was asking the police if he had been caught, they said that they couldn't find him", Brenda Biandudi, the woman who shot the December 31 video, told theGrio.

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

"Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants", McDonald's spokeswoman Keisha Boyd said in a statement. "I actually think they acted appropriately".

Biandudi was there to use the rest room and buy herself a drink, while her daughter was waiting in drive through, for her parcel.

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

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