The Florida man who was captured on cell phone video attacking a female McDonald’s employee over a straw was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery.

In the video, that has gone viral on social media, 41-year-old Daniel Taylor forcefully grabbed Yasmine James and pulled her up onto the counter.

Yasmine immediately began to defend herself by mollywhopping punching the man in the face several times as he continued to pull on her uniform.



Via WXYZ Detroit:

Brenda Biandudi, another customer in the restaurant at the time, pulled her phone out as she saw the argument escalating, seconds before Taylor grabbed James.

Biandudi says the argument started when Taylor went over to the condiment bar to grab a straw. When he noticed there were none, she says he began screaming at the employees.

“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,” she said.

The new law, which took effect January 1 in St. Petersburg says restaurants can’t have straws out. Instead, customers must request the straw. In 2020, plastic straws will no longer be allowed in restaurants at all and businesses will have to find an alternative.

McDonald’s released the following statement:

Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants. We have been in contact with the police department and are fully cooperating with their investigation.

Despite online reports, Yasmine has not been fired.

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