The woman behind the first major viral video of 2019, where a McDonald's employee in St. Petersburg, Fla. delivered a flurry of punches to a violent customer, says that she simply wanted to make sure that the customer was caught by police.
St. Petersburg police said the video shows Daniel Taylor, 40, grabbing the shirt of Yasmine James, 20.
James says that although she was not physically hurt, she was emotionally hurt when she was left to defend herself. "For me, this was 'the last straw.' I am committed to using this disgusting experience as means to fight for justice, not only for myself, but for other women experiencing this kind of violence in environments where they should be safe and protected". The man did not take "No" for an answer and got upset. "He yelled at the employees, 'Theres no drinking straws here, it looks like someone is not doing their job.' " At this point, the employee explained that it was due to a new company policy, and that customers could request a straw. Biandudi said to TWP, "He was yelling and walking toward the counter, and the young lady behind the counter told him that it's the law now that we're not allowed to have straws in the lobby".
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It was reported that Taylor also tried to kick another employee on the stomach while on his way out of the restaurant.
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Meanwhile, Biandudi said she is glad her cellphone video may have helped capture what transpired.
The exchange concluded when a McDonald's employee asked the customer to leave.
McDonald's told INSIDER the company is fully cooperating with the police investigation.
"When the officers arrived, they recognized Taylor from the video at McDonald's and took him into custody", police said in a statement.
The video has over a million views on Facebook.
Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of everyone in the restaurant, and we do not condone violence of any kind, especially against our employees.