McDonald's employee fights back after Florida man attacks her over plastic straw

McDonald's employee fights back after Florida man attacks her over plastic straw

Later Sunday evening, police arrested Daniel Willis Taylor, a 40-year-old transient man, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

In the viral video, which at the time of reporting has garnered over 3 million views, Taylor grabs James by her shirt collar and almost drags her across the counter.

As per the report, the law took effect just last January 1 and prohibits restaurants from having straws available in the open in the hopes of completely banning them by 2020.

At this point, other workers intervene and successfully separate the two - but they let the white customer stay in the store even though he aggressively attacked one of their colleagues. The video has in fact has received more than 1 million views after her son and daughter posted it on Facebook and Instagram.

The incident reveals some larger issues in that employees of chain restaurants can often end up in unsafe situations when engaging with customers or working behind the scenes. "You put your hands on me first!"

Police were called after Taylor was told to leave.

"It seemed like they weren't that tuned in to what was going on because of the noise and everything", she said.

The ugly incident was caught on video.

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Biandudi posted an update to her original post, clarifying that James was not fired.

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

McDonald's is aware of the incident and cooperating with police. According to witness Kinie Biandudi, who recorded the 54-second video clip, Taylor continued to take out his straw-related rage on other employees, returning moments later to start a fight with the restaurant manager, who then threw him out of the restaurant, locking the door behind him.

He wanted a straw at a Florida McDonald's.

She says after seeing how the man reacted, she thinks he needs help.

A statement from McDonald's said, "Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants". "I want peace. I want them to keep their jobs and the man to get some help".

"She had to do what she was doing", Biandudi said. "We all need to learn how to talk to people in public and show them some respect".

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