A Florida man spent New Year’s day in a jail cell after police say he attacked a McDonald’s employee for not giving him a straw.
Yasmine James was behind the counter of the McDonald’s on 34th Street South, when 41-year-old Daniel Taylor forcefully grabbed her and pulled her up onto the counter and James defended herself by punching Taylor in the face, as he held on to her shirt’s collar.
Brenda Biandudi, another customer in the restaurant at the time, pulled her phone out as she saw the argument escalating, seconds before Taylor grabbed James.
Biandudi says the argument started when Taylor went over to the condiment bar to grab a straw. When he noticed there were none, she says he began screaming at the employees.
The new law, which took effect January 1 in St. Petersburg says restaurants can’t have straws out. Instead, customers must request the straw. In 2020, plastic straws will no longer be allowed in restaurants at all and businesses will have to find an alternative.
She says after seeing how the man reacted, she thinks he needs help. Biandudi says after leaving, he came back into the store and yelled at the manager. In the police report, it says Taylor kicked another employee in the stomach on his way out.