VIDEO: Man Attacks McDonald's Employee Over Plastic Straw, But She Fights Back

Daniel Taylor began screaming at employees and then assaulted one.

St. Petersburg, FL – A petite McDonald’s employee fought back against a violent customer on Monday evening, after the man became enraged to learn there were no plastic straws at the condiment station (video below).

Daniel Taylor, 41, then began screaming at the restaurant employees, witness Brenda Biandudi told WFTS.

“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,” Biandudi recounted.

St. Petersburg’s new law prohibits restaurants from having straws up-for-grabs in the lobby area, and requires customers who want a straw to request one from an employee.

The law will change again in 2020, when straws will be banned altogether.

Yasmine James, the employee behind the counter, took the brunt of Taylor’s rage, and initially tried to explain the law to him, Biandudi said.

But Taylor insisted she was lying.

“They started exchanging words laced with profanity and he said ‘there’s no such law that exists,’ and she was saying ‘yes, it is a law,’” said Biandudi.

Biandudi took out her cell phone to record the escalating situation, and captured the moment that Taylor lunged over the counter, and grabbed James by her collar.

He yanked the woman towards him, and she momentarily fell onto the counter before she grabbed onto his shirt and began punching him in the face, the video showed.

Other employees intervened, and Taylor ultimately released his hold on the woman’s uniform shirt.

“Excuse me sir!” Taylor said, snapping his fingers at a manager. “Give me a refund.”

“I want her -ss fired. Right now,” he added.

“No!” James yelled back at him. “You’re fixing to go to jail!”

Other employees ushered James away from the area as Taylor argued that he did nothing wrong.

“I was just asking you a f--king question, b---h!” he declared.

Biandudi said Taylor ultimately left the restaurant, then stormed back in to yell at the manager some more, WFTS reported.

He also allegedly kicked a different employee in the stomach before he left the restaurant for good.

A short while later, Taylor called police from a location a couple miles away from the store to report that he had been hit in the head repeatedly, KVVU reported.

"When the officers arrived, they recognized Taylor from the video at McDonald's and took him into custody," police said.

Taylor has been charged with two counts of simple battery, WFTS reported.

“I don’t know what was in his mind but I just hope he gets the help that he needs,” Biandudi said. “She had to do what she was doing. She’s a petite girl and I just felt she did the right thing.

In a statement McDonald’s said the business has been “fully cooperating” with the police investigation into the incident, and that the safety and well-being of their employees and customers is their “highest priority,” WFTS reported.

You can watch footage of Taylor’s attack in the video below:

Comments (26)
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fuzzy-ma
fuzzy-ma

Copy of the law should be posted at condiment counter. Hope is does not get a liberal judge.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

The customer is not "always right". The straw law/ban doesn't make sense, but the employees have to follow the rules. It's not their fault. Don't take it out on them.

kc8iqw
kc8iqw

Let's ban straws, make 0 sense eyeroll. Lucky the guy didn't get cold-clocked by one of the bigger individuals. Now THAT would have made for some good footage, jerk.

Jgc35
Jgc35

First of all the guys that were just standing there when this happened are cowards. As soon as he grabbed her his ass should have been on the ground

Blue Bobby Blue
Blue Bobby Blue

Good for her. That's how you stand up for yourself. I'm willing to bet her co-workers didn't jump in for fear of being fired by corporate. Sad world we live in.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

It is not her fault there is a law against straws. He's a man, she's a woman and you don't hit women.....OR..ANYONE. He got owned by her and I applaud her fighting back, he grabbed her first. He needs to go to jail and get court ordered anger management class'. He's a jerk. I feel sorry for any girlfriend or wife he may have not to mention kids or pets. He's damaged in the head.

crazykatz
crazykatz

That man was so incensed I doubt he would have even read an admonition about the ban of straws.

M4D
M4D

Good thing her co-workers stop her, cause I believe she would have hurt him. lol

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THAT BASTARD GRABBED HER FIRST HE NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT NOT THE EMPLOYEE THAT WAS ATTACKED.

tmg
tmg

She was definitely in the right. He grabbed at her first. I would have done the same as her.

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

She f'''''d him up. More power to her. He was out of line. I feel sorry for his wife.

LylaJeanne
LylaJeanne

She is one badass! I'm so proud of her. Especially punching him--way to go!! Women are attacked because we're trained early and often to be polite. If you're a woman, be proactive--defend yourself. If you're a man, encourage females to be brave and not put up with any kind of crap. Especially young females. I don't have any daughters but I encourage women of all ages--you have the right and responsibility to stop attacks. I've been on the other side of the counter--as a very tiny bartender. Nothing like a big drunk threatening to come across the counter at you. If that bar owner had an 'enforcer' behind the bar, that drunk would've been sporting some holes--center mass.

Angels06
Angels06

This moron should be in jail, he looks like he's on drugs.
If anyone would touch me like that they would get a royal slap with my oxygen tank! This young lady gave him what he deserved. All that anger for a straw! He also needs anger management classes.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Wish that one of those young guys would have laid him out. But, in the current society he would have been fired by McD's , been arrested for assault and have the dumb ass that started it all sue him.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I really hope McDonalds doesn't do the wrong thing here. This girl was well within her rights to defend herself the moment this moron put his hands on her. As previously stated, she is a badass! That male got exactly what he deserved and I hope he gets everything that is coming to him. Over a straw!?!?! Moron!

Nikobill7453
Nikobill7453

The young girl had every right to protect herself BUT her language and behavior afterward are NOT acceptable. Police should have been called during the fight if it had not. She should have been sent home period. Why didn't the manager on call that night step up as soon as the man started complaining?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good for that clown!!!!! My question is, why did that McDonald’s manager continue to serve the clown? That an automatic grounds for removal, customer or not

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

She’s got a great right hand

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

SOB needs to keep his damned hands off! His a## needs to be in jail! As far as I can tell, she was well within her rights to protect herself!

RPG156
RPG156

I want to know why one of those "men" didn't jump in there and stomp a mudhole in that guy's ass.

Woobie46
Woobie46

That's one tough little girl...you go ... you are fully in the right here

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

I bet the beating he got sure surpised heck out of him.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Before he became irate, David Taylor was overheard yelling " I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE ...THAT'S THE LAST STRAW!!" .........The lady behind the counter kept telling him " YES, That's what I've been trying to tell you !" ....and this is where all the confusion began.