Yasmine James boxed her way to safety. She hired an attorney after McDonald's placed her on leave.
Rumors circulated about Yasmine James' firing after she defended herself against Daniel Willis Taylor at the St. Petersburg McDonald's on New Year's Eve, and people on social media were enraged, and talking boycotts.
McDonald's says their "highest priority is always the safety and well being of our employees ..."
The McDonald's employee that taught Daniel Willis Taylor a lesson is Yasmine James, according to St. Petersburg Police Department. Witness Kinie Biandudi, who recorded the incident, posted on Facebook:
"YES this really did happen last night for all those asking me... it all started because he wanted a straw!!!"
"The young girl said she used to box. After this fight, he came back and went behind the counter and tried to fight the manager. The guy left before the cops arrived."
The affidavit says Taylor kicked Tateona Bell in the stomach while she was standing near the exit.
"The defendant was being escorted out of the business by management due to him battering another employee and causing a disturbance," the police report states. "The defendant kicked the victim in the stomach while she was standing near the exit door. There are several witnesses and the incident was captured on video."
statement: "Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants," said McDonald's Spokesperson Keisha Boyd. "We have been in contact with the police department and are fully cooperating with their investigation."
Social media is calling for McDonald's to support the employee:
@McDonalds when will you be assisting your employee in pressing charges against this man and also training your staff on how to properly handle an assault on a woman and one of your employees. We need answers NOW. @StPetePD
— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) January 2, 2019
Exactly! She was “standing her ground," the law in Florida that others use to get away with deadly force against “us." That area is known to be highly racist. Of course not everyone but that is the culture of MANY in that area and neighboring communities.
— Desi (@LadyDezCarter) January 2, 2019
Hey, @McDonalds, this manager needs to be fired immediately. And if your managers are scared to protect their staff from physical assault because they fear repercussion from you, you need to see to change that culture ASAP.
— Mookie Harris (@MookieHarris317) January 2, 2019
sista laid civil rights and empowered lefts
— Risbo (@BorisOgun) January 2, 2019
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:
This happened at a McDonalds in St Petersburg Florida...A SWS assaulted a Black female employee, & she had to fight him off.
1. Why wasn't he made to leave the premises after the assault?
2. Why did that manager continue to take his order?
3. Why were the BM just standing around? pic.twitter.com/vQTmmZKJj2
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) January 2, 2019
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.
Related Story: Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Muslim Teens in McDonald's Arrested
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?
"I don't give a f**k, get out of my store now," the manager told the teens.
UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY Published Nov. 21, 2018
What started out as an ordinary trip to a Minnesota McDonald's ended up with a racist pulling a gun on a group of Somali-American teens and a manager yelling for the the group to get out, despite their lives being at risk.