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VIDEO: White Customer Attacks Black McDonald's Employee, She Fights Him Off

The racist has been identified, arrested, ordered to stay away from the fast food restaurant and the Black woman, and may have other warrants.

For the new year, somebody got a #WhileBlack lesson. A white male customer at McDonald's in St. Petersburg, Fla., violently grabbed and pulled a Black female employee over the counter, and met her fist.

A video has gone viral with more than 1 million views and counting of this woman defending herself against a white man on Dec. 31 after 9 p.m., who felt entitled enough to attack her. It has spurred social media into action with calls for a lawsuit, and protection of her job.

The man has been identified, and arrested. Daniel Willis Taylor, 40, of Clearwater, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery and has been ordered to stay away from the McDonald's and the employee. He is on a $1,000 bond, remains at Pinellas County Jail and is provisional for extradition for possible other warrants.

In the video, the man said to the manager, after he assaulted the employee, "I want her a** fired right now."

The Black woman, who practically boxed her way out of the altercation shouted, "No, you're fixing to go to jail!"

She asked why the police weren't being called.

He says, "I was just asking you a f***ing question, b***h."

Activist, Tariq Nasheed, posted the questions we all want answers to:

The manager appears to initially replace the Black woman at the counter to take the man's order after the attack, as opposed to asking him to leave. The police were eventually called.

DiversityInc reached out to St. Petersburg PD for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

Back in November, a white man was arrested for threatening Somali-American teens at a Minnesota McDonald's with a gun, and police weren't called right away initially.

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McDonald's, who clearly has had a long-time ad campaign featuring Black people in commercials patronizing and working in their restaurants, with hip-hop music as background, is following a trend reported by Advertising Age of catering to Blacks to influence consumption on larger scales.

Earlier this year, the McDonald's Chief Marketing Officer Neil Golden echoed that idea saying their most popular campaigns over the last few decades were "remarkably insightful to African-American consumers, yet still have a high relevance for the general audience."

Steve Easterbrook is the president and CEO of McDonald's. Easterbrook leads a predominantly white corporate executive leadership team with only one Black man. McDonald's has never participated in the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies competition.

This is a developing story.

Reader Question: Do you think this woman had a right to protect herself?

The Conversation (16)
02 Jan, 2019

I’ve watched this three times . There’s soooo much wrong in this video . The Manager Telling theworker To go home , he never stepped in or asked the Broke guy to leave , he served him ! The homeless guy took her phone , the manager never called the police , The Black Guys didn’t Whoop His A** And None Of The customers intervened .

02 Jan, 2019

And he stole her phone ! He’s actually a Transeint ! But he still feels privileged !

Eric09 Jan, 2019

White privilege even for the homeless white man over the employed black woman.

Eric09 Jan, 2019

He got a side order of smoke.

KnotFree04 Jan, 2019

People of Color must BOYCOTT McDonald's. The franchise is financially prophiting from People of Color while leadership remains white and discriminatory behavior is permitted. Most of all, McDonald's is a public health concern.

02 Jan, 2019

This woman that only had the right to protect yourself it was her duty to do so. This man is a gutless turd 💩 who attacked a woman that is younger than him and smaller than him. He’s probably a child molester. Not a man in the loosest definition of the word

02 Jan, 2019

Quick question, why is it that European Americans tag assault people and they can get out on bail that day with money that they have in their pocket? Yet on the other hand people of color can be verbally accused, not convicted, of crimes and they are incarcerated without investigating the validity of the accusation, with inflated bales and the impossibility of getting out immediately. This should be rectified in the halls of Congress

L Woods02 Jan, 2019

What in the heck provoked this guy? Do they know each other? He literally leaned across the counter and snatched her by her collar. She was time enough for him though got in a few good punches. I would think that McDonald's trains staff to step away from the counter when confronted by aggressive customers, but he had her by the collar. The police should have been called immediately!! What was up with the managers??? I think they were shaken up.

02 Jan, 2019

Yes of course she did. We see these stories and we ask why? Tariq’s questions are my own, because it’s baffling but I know the answer. We don’t value Black women as we value white women and white men. Black women aren’t seen as fully human and deserving of protection and care. That should be the question, How do we change that?

Mona02 Jan, 2019

She was standing her ground....

Dawn09 Jan, 2019

It is very disturbing that the young woman had to defend herself, and she did it well, bravo! You should be able to count on your manager to at the very least back you up and keep you safe at work. That manager has a problem.

03 Jan, 2019

Lock him up, retrain and reprimand the manager.

02 Jan, 2019

I would have done the same thing ! I would have taken it further and pour Hot liquid on his A*

Mona02 Jan, 2019


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