McDonald's customer arrested for battery after fighting worker over straw


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WTHR) — A Florida man is in jail after he attacked McDonald's employees over missing straws.

Police arrested 40-year-old Daniel Taylor on New Year's Eve on two charges of battery. Taylor reportedly got upset because there were no straws in the lobby, and the situation escalated to him reaching across the cash register to grab an employee by her shirt. A customer caught the exchange on video.

The employee, Yasmine James punched Taylor multiple times after he grabbed her. Despite his violence, video shows the store manager continuing to help Taylor.

Local ordinances prevent restaurants from having straws out in the lobby, but they are available by request.

According to NBC affiliate WFLA, Taylor was later escorted out. On his way out, he allegedly kicked another employee — who was holding the door open — in the stomach.

Police came to the restaurant after Taylor left, and arrested him later.

In a statement, McDonald's said the safety of customers and employees is a top priority:

"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."

Taylor is in the Pinellas County Jail on two misdemeanor counts of battery.

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