A Florida man is accused of attacking a McDonald’s employee, reportedly over a straw.
The ugly incident was caught on video.
Daniel Taylor spent New Year’s Day in jail charged with simple battery. The video shows a man pulling a McDonald’s employee by the shirt over the counter.
Brenda Biandudi, witness: “Even though she’s at work you know there’s a limit to how much these employees can take.”
Brenda Biandudi was the person holding the phone watching as this fight began escalating quickly. She says it started when 40-year-old Daniel Taylor walked over to the condiment bar to grab a straw.
Biandudi, witness: “He was yelling and walking toward the counter and the young lady behind the counter told him that is the law now, we’re not allowed to have straws in the lobby.”
The law does exist. Starting January 1 the city told restaurants they can no longer leave plastic straws out on the counter and by 2020 they’ll no longer be allowed to hand them out.
Biandudi says Taylor refused to accept that answer, reaching over the counter and grabbing the worker. “She had to do what she was doing, you know she’s a petite girl and you know I just felt she did the right thing.”
Police say on his way out Taylor also kicked another employee in the stomach.
McDonald’s sent a statement: “Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants.”
Biandudi is happy her video could help police catch Taylor. “I don’t know what was in his mind so but I just hope you get help that he needs.”
That employee is still working at McDonald’s tonight. Investigators also believe that Taylor may have been intoxicated when this incident happened.