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.
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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 suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.
At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.
When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.
Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.
On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.
Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.
Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.
The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."
"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," an NYPD supervisor told Dr. Clyde Pemberton.
Dr. Clyde Pemberton, a Black restaurant owner and retired psychiatrist in Harlem, sued the NYPD for his arrest after he helped an unconscious white woman in his restaurant.
When Pemberton tried to tell the white supervisor from the 28th precinct that he was a doctor, the officer interrupted him:
"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," Pemberton recalled.
The federal lawsuit is claiming a #WhileBlack moment— removal of the right to be a professional and business owner.
Viktor Stevenson was only opening up his lemonade business for the day when a resident called 911.
Viktor Stevenson, with a week-old gourmet lemonade business in San Francisco, was checking the alarm system to make sure his business was safe from thieves. Police showed up with "guns almost drawn" saying someone called 911 and accused him of being a robber.
"People feel empowered to use tax dollars to police their own anxiety," said Alexis McGill Johnson, executive director of the Perception Institute.
#DiningWhileBlack strikes again.
The other pool goers, who were white, were also violating dress code rules.
On Independence Day, Erica Walker called the police on a resident's boyfriend for wearing socks in the pool while other pool goers were violating dress code rules. The other pool goers were white, and resident Camry Porter and her boyfriend, Kevin Yates, are Black. Porter asked Walker for identification that she was the property manager of Riverset Apartments; Walker's response: “I'm not about to go back and forth with you. You all need to leave."