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