"He came back in the store and went behind the counter and got in the manager's face", Biandudi said.
By the time police arrived, the man had left the McDonald's, she said. "The young lady behind the counter told him that it's the law now: 'We are not allowed to have straws in the lobby but you can request one'".
Twitter has been outraged, and user @AfroStateofMindwrote, "I count at least three grown men, one of whom looks like a supervisor of some sort, watch while this White man assaulted this Black woman employee". She then starts punching him as he holds on. For a moment, the employee seems to stumble, then regains her balance and begins flinging punches at the man.
Over the last 24 hours, footage from the attack has landed online and news outlets picked up the story. The fight was reportedly over a straw. Upon leaving, however, cops say Taylor kicked another employee who was close to the door. She soon returned, knowing someone behind the counter had called police, and stayed in case officers wanted to review the video she had taken.
"Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants", McDonald's said in a statement.
A representative of the St Petersburg Police Department told Yahoo Lifestyle that the security tape is not being released at this stage of the investigation.
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