McDonald’s employee attacked over a straw

Andrew Cummings
January 6, 2019

"My mother and I followed the guy down the street for a couple blocks then made a decision to go back to the McDonalds to let the workers know we had it on video".

According to an arrest affidavit sent to Yahoo Lifestyle by the St. Petersburg Police Department, Taylor, a transient from Clearwater, Fla., was charged with two counts of simple battery, a misdemeanor.

The video was subsequently posted on social media first by her son, T.J.

The man reached across the counter, toppling a completed order with fries, and grabbed the collar of a female employee's shirt.

"She 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.

Brenda Biandudi was the person holding the phone watching as this fight began escalating quickly.

Daniel Taylor, a 40-year-old man from Florida, indulged in an altercation at a McDonald's outlet in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Area, Florida on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31.

Starting this year, anyone who wants a plastic straw in St. Petersburg has to ask for one, WTSP notes.

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.

Police arrested Taylor after receiving a call about another incident nearby and recognized him from the video.

"She had to do it, she was doing, you know she was, she's a petite girl and you know I just felt she did the right thing", said Biandudi. As she was defending herself, her manager did nothing.

Meanwhile, McDonald's released a statement, saying "our highest priority is always the safety and well-being" of its employees and guests, promising full cooperation in the probe.

Biandudi is happy her video could help police catch Taylor. "They had locked the door when they got the man out of the store", Biandudi said.

The woman is still working at McDonald's tonight. According to authorities, Taylor continued hurling profanities even after the incident was over and he had been asked to leave. "I actually think they acted appropriately".

The video has over a million views on Facebook.

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