As the great philosopher, Will Smith once said:
“Don’t start nothing. Won’t be nothing.”
This Florida man who tried to attack a McDonald’s employee should have heeded that advice.
The video uploaded to Facebook by TJ Biandudi, and taken by his sister, Kinie Biandudi, shows a white man, identified as Daniel Taylor, upset with a black employee named Yasmine James.
Taylor is upset he has to come up to the counter to request a straw. This leads to an altercation, as he violently grabs James and yanks her off her feet and towards the counter.
It does not go well for him after that.
Watch the video here.
SIS LIT DATASS UP! 🔥🔥🔥 It's 2019 and black women ain't having it anymore. Coward ass clear cave Chad's bring it... https://t.co/D7XscQiJF0— #Blackness (@TheBlacknessNet) January 2, 2019
Protect this worker! She defended herself. — Man attacks McDonald's employee over a strawhttps://t.co/xA1J7gfrNA— FuturElektrik (@JustineHdeT) January 3, 2019
I would totally pay Yasmine James to teach me self defense.— MuddSplatter (@mudd_splatter) January 3, 2019
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!
https://t.co/7QHOKEr9P6— BuilderRefusedStone (@NiTTIsoGRiTTI) January 2, 2019
There you go. Let me know if you see his supposed "help". I know I didn't see any help. That girl helped herself thankfully.
Add working at McDonalds to the list BUT this customer was a true gourmand of catching these hands. Sis lit his ass up! https://t.co/89vUTyyXI5— KWANZA OSAJYEFO (@kwanzer) January 2, 2019
Yasmine James immediately fights back against her attacker. She keeps hitting him until the other employees pull him off and make him let go.
The video shows Taylor continuously holding her shirt until just before she stops.
According to the police report, Taylor did not sustain any bodily injuries.
He seems perfectly cogent after the attack and says to the manager:
“I want her ass fired right now.”
James is having none of it.
“No, you’re gonna go to jail! You put your hands on me first!”
Taylor tries to counter by saying:
“I couldn’t control you! I was just asking you a f***ing question!”
The video ends with Taylor asking for a refund.
More details here. He apparently attacked another black female employee by kicking her in the stomach on his way out. How is both his attacks only a misdeanenor and not a felony? https://t.co/x6Ag1469dq— Ameri Naija (@AmeriNaija) January 2, 2019
At least the guy was arrested..... He needs to prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Very Disturbing to watch, I pray that the young lady involved was not injured physically or mentally.— Tom Negri (@tom_negri) January 3, 2019
Man attacks McDonald's employee over a strawhttps://t.co/gfFLMzngvX
The fucking audacity of this mofo...he deserved ever piece of that.— SupahNIN10doh @ Frosty Faustings (@SupahNIN10doh64) January 2, 2019
"I couldn't control you!"— Ayishagisel (@AyishaGisel) January 3, 2019
~Daniel Taylor to Yasmine James - St. Petersburg, FL McDonalds. 😒
According to Atlanta Black Star, Taylor returned later and picked a fight with the manager behind the counter. It was only at this point that another employee forcibly removed Taylor from the premises.
Taylor was arrested and charged with two counts of battery. The first is obviously for this altercation.
The second comes from him kicking another employee as he was being escorted out.
Why did it take so long to remove him?
Black men waiting for a friend in Starbucks get the cops called on them and they get arrested. White man attacks black employee at McDonald’s and they serve him. Something’s really fucked up with this world.— Olson (@ca_olson1) January 2, 2019
Really McDonald's? A man walks in and attacks a female employee and you are ok with that - as in you allowed him to place an order instead of escorting him from the premises and blocking him from any further purchases at McDonald's?— AnnieB (@AnnieB02) January 3, 2019
what bothers me so much about this video is that Yasmine James could have died.— Nah. (@race_jones) January 3, 2019
we can argue semantics all day but reality is, her coworkers failed her. https://t.co/YatNVq1wpA
I am continuously astounded at the low moral state of the majority of men. NOT ONE MAN in the St. Pete's @McDonalds defended #yasminejames and NO ONE from @McDonaldsCorp defended her after!— Stephanie (@Nobodyaskedbut) January 3, 2019
No wonder women defended herself! #StandYourGround #filetOfist
While there were rumors James had been fired over the incident, she has confirmed that she still has her job, and is on leave with pay.
Additionally, she has not started any donation pages, so please verify before donating to any GoFundMe claiming it is for James.