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Update: McDonald's Employee Who Was Attacked Had to Call the Police Herself

Yasmine James boxed her way to safety. She hired an attorney after McDonald's placed her on leave.

Screenshot from ABC Tampa Bay

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.

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Update: McDonald's Attacker Allegedly Kicked a Second Woman in the Stomach

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."

McDonald's 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:

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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.

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?

McDonald's Manager Kicks Black Teens Out After Racist Allegedly Threatens Them With a Gun

"I don't give a f**k, get out of my store now," the manager told the teens.

Screenshot via Tweeter of alleged gunman

UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Muslim Teens in McDonald's Arrested


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.

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