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ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP) — Maybe he should’ve ordered a happy meal.

A man is under arrest after authorities say he grabbed the shirt of a Florida McDonald’s employee and tried to pull her over a counter.

The employee responded by punching the customer several times in the face at the St. Petersburg restaurant on Monday.

A witness who posted video on Facebook says the fight started when the customer asked for a straw.

St. Petersburg police say the video shows Daniel Taylor grabbing Yasmine James’ shirt. James responded by hitting him several times.

Police say Taylor is charged with two counts of simple battery for grabbing James and for kicking another worker in the stomach as he was being escorted out.

Taylor is white and James is black.

Taylor is being represented by the public defender’s office, which didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Comments (29)
  1. Dan Young says:

    This story had the race of the principals in it. I haven’t seen that mentioned in a story in a long while. I wonder if the race of the attacker was black, would it have been in the article.?

    1. Glenn Hauptman says:

      There wouldn’t have even been an article! It wouldn’t fit the narrative if the perp was black.

  2. Robert Benjamin says:

    Over a frickin STRAW???

  3. Jeff Welch says:

    Why does this need to be in the story? “Taylor is white and James is black.” You wonder why we have race issues still in the USA.
    If Taylor is black and James is white would the story be any different? .

  4. Luis Martinez says:

    Some people just need to be shot…

      1. You blind, or what?!!!

  5. Andrew Kroll says:

    That’s an odd thing to add specifically to a story about the race of the individuals. Seems like some dude freaked out over a straw. How is race relevant?

  6. get lost with the race reference. idiot author

  7. Benjamin Dover says:

    What does the reporting of their race have to do with this event? Dumb!

  8. Jack Inmanz says:

    Good for her. She got in some pretty good licks on that bum.

  9. Bobby Sargent says:

    He should have said ‘Scraw’ and she would have understood what he was saying.

  10. Nancy Stanton says:

    Couple of observations:

    1. Straw, fries, or a child’s toy, no one has the right to lay their hands on that worker.
    2. From what I saw, he assaulted her first and she was defending herself.
    3. His attitude is apparent where after the fight he snaps his fingers at another employer like
    they’re some kind of servant.
    4. And last bit not least, that punk got his a** whupped

    1. Andy Howe says:

      No excuse for grabbing her, but I suspect there is more to the story. There must have been something going on before for the witnesses to start filming. I noticed that the manager or whomever had to set the employee back as she appeared to try to re-escalate and another worker walked her to back of store away from the “manager” and customer. And I guess something must have happened later because it pretty much all seems calm after the employee left, but the charges against the customer apparently include kicking another employee when he was escorted out. Strange.

  11. I wonder if this has anything to do with St. Pete recently banning straws?

  12. Brad Ruley says:

    You just know That Trump supporters are glad that she got attacked simply because she’s black. They’ll deny it till they’re blue in the face but deep down, you just know they wish they could beat up all black people.

    1. Carol Christine Cauthen says:

      Get help for your hatred Brad.

    2. Ryan De Witt says:

      I’m a Trump support and frankly he deserved a woopin because he seems to be a tough guy idiot. Sorry Brad but you need to get this pre-conceived notion out of your head. It leads to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

      1. Charles Aronowitz says:

        Too late, he already has TDS.

  13. When I dine at McDonalds, I expect everything PERFECT! And if they forget to offer a straw?
    OMG ~ I just might have to take my business to Burger King!

  14. Giselle Stamphaus says:

    Well, it should be obvious to anyone who is a discerning observer of the daily milieu that there are two (2) principal factors contributing to such unacceptable behavior. Zionism. And Trump.

  15. I’ll bet he’ll think twice before latching onto a another BT-1000?
    Read about these unique creatures by searching for Tommy Sotomayor

  16. Steve Hollar says:

    I would hate to see how these idiots react to a real crises. This is insanity.

  17. Michael McConnell says:

    Why was race brought into this? He was wrong regardless of her race.

  18. John Reece says:

    Note that in all these racially-charged viral video service-industry incidents we never see the first part, only the part after there’s a white response.