James appears in the video to land a number of blows in her attempt to defend herself from Taylor.
As per the report, the law took effect just last January 1 and prohibits restaurants from having straws available in the open in the hopes of completely banning them by 2020. "He said there's no such law".
Twitter has been outraged, and user @AfroStateofMind wrote, "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 told him that it's the law now that they're not supposed to have the straws in the lobby", said Brenda Biandudi, who witnessed and recorded the altercation, then spoke to The Washington Post on Wednesday via phone.
A Florida man spent New Years day in a jail cell after police say he attacked a McDonald's employee for not giving him a straw.
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After being pulled from Taylor's grip, James yelled and cursed at the man as she was led away by a colleague. She noticed it was almost empty inside, save for a middle-age man who had just received his order and was walking over to the condiments. Then, video shows him reaching over the counter and grabbing the employee. "He reached across and tried to grab her and hit her", she said.
"And I want her a** fired right now", said Taylor. In an instant, he violently grabs her and she goes flying across the counter but she immediately begins to fight back.
James was not injured, according to the affidavit.
A McDonald's representative did not respond to specific questions sent by email - including what protocol employees should follow if a customer turns violent - but said instead the company was "fully cooperating" with police. "Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants." said a McDonald's representative. It has since collected over 3.3 million views and 67,000 shares on Facebook. "You know, I know how to protect myself", she was quoted as saying.
"There was an indication that he was under the influence of alcohol", she said.