Yasmine James, Daniel Taylor

Yasmine James, the McDonald's worker involved in a violent altercation with a male customer over a straw, is on worker's compensation leave for injuries she suffered during the Dec. 31 incident.

Video footage uploaded to Facebook.com shows a white male customer snatching James by her uniform top and attempting to drag her across the counter inside the St, Petersburg, Florida franchise.

The male customer was later identified by St. Petersburg police as 40-year-old Daniel Willis Taylor of Clearwater, Florida. He was arrested and charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor assault.

Taylor also assaulted another female employee as he was being escorted out of the restaurant.

According to a Pinellas County police report obtained by Atlanta Black Star, Taylor kicked Tateona Bell in the abdomen as she stood near the restaurant door. It isn't clear why Taylor wasn't charged with a hate crime.

Rumors that James was fired by McDonald's corporation spread like wildfire via social media on Wednesday night. Twitter users vented their outrage in tweets directed at @McDonald's Twitter feed. Many believed that James was wrongfully terminated.

One irate Twitter user wrote:

"I'm sorry, your St. Petersburg location fired Yasmine James for DEFENDING HERSELF after being grabbed by a man!!!! Glad to know where you stand on woman abuse issues McDonalds".

But the rumors were unfounded.

One Twitter user emphasized how quickly fake news spreads via social media.

"This post is a great example of how easy it is to spread #FakeNews via social media. Yasmine James wasn't fired & McDonald's is taking the side of & supporting her & Tateona Bell, the other employee who was assualted [sic]."

In an exclusive interview with Atlanta Black Star, James said Taylor became enraged and cursed her over the franchise policy requiring customers to request plastic straws.

"He just started flipping out and cursing me out," James told Atlanta Black Star. "I was like, 'You're being rude. Can you calm down?' But he just kept cursing me out."

Black Star confirmed James is still employed by the restaurant. But she took a paid leave of absence to recover from injuries to her thigh and back.

James said she declined to seek medical treatment for her injuries. She said she is taking Ibuprofen (Motrin) for the pain.

A witness told a reporter that James said she was a former boxer. But James told Atlanta Black Star a relative of hers was a former professional boxer who taught her how to defend herself.

"My family, they know how to box," James said. "My big cousin used to box professionally. I just know how to fight. You know, I know how to protect myself."
 

  • Rayscoty

    Was this a case. James could have utilized "Stand Your Ground"

  • Kanyade

    Florida man.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Wait!!!!!!!!...Wait!!!!!!...WAIT !!One Dang Minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.... so he KICKED her in the abdomen?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AFTER assulting her when she was behind the register???.. Did ANY of her MALE co-workers come to her Defense at this point?!! b/c CLEARLY they did not defend her earlier, although She HANDled him very well! tuh, smh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No he kicked another black female employee in the stomach on his way out of the McDonald's.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No he kicked another black female employee in the stomach on his way out of the McDonald's.

  • Guest©

    Every punch she threw in my head I'm saying "get him". He picked the right one to start wirh that day. ?????

  • Guest©

    Every punch she threw in my head I'm saying "get him". He picked the right one to start wirh that day. ?????

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Oooooohhh!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Oooooohhh!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He assaulted 2 different women. I hope he gets jail time for this. None of that "community service" nonsense.
    We all know what would have happened if a black man had publicly assaulted two white women.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Who tf was in the background saying I want her fired? He assaulted her yet you want her fired? Make it make sense. Wypipo this is that white privilege we've been trying to tell ya'll about.

  • Junkanoo

    She needs to quit MacDonalds and become a professional fighter. She got some good punches in there and didn't stop swinging . The male employees didn't really seem that pressed but in Florida this kind of thing probably happens weekly.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Thats why she landed all punches precisely! She got in that ass!!! No bobbing and weaving straight haymaker
    Glad she did not lose her job.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Even tho this young lady isn't my child...............BUT looking at her make whitey eat those punches made me feel like a PROUD MOM..................She got that MOFO............I ENJOED EVERY SECOND OF IT.........................

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    That was the attacker

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    I'm just disappointed I didn't get to see her hit him with the ko FINISH HIM combo ?

  • iWasteTime

    This coward attacked 2 women because he had to ask for a straw?!!?
    ... smh. They are really out here feeling themselves huh ...

  • Meme

    Im telling you! Saw the video just now and with every connect i was saying good! goood! good! Well done Yasmine....give it to him!

  • hottlanta

    I am on tbat shyt. Gurl u betta say it for 2019. My shero.

  • hottlanta

    Gotta teach our daughters how 2 protect themselves.

  • Sushi

    I will see you guys upstairs, I cannot do negativity in 2019.... nope won't do it.....

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They feel emboldened now that we have a white nationalist president.

  • BaileyBlue17

    #MORTALCOMBAT

  • xenaD

    Lol she beat his ass

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Mood all 2019
    He wasn’t ready...

  • Rayne

    I wish rah wouldve had a straight razor between her fingers to remind him of who to eff with.

  • NaeNay

    I am glad I'm not this young lady's mama.
    If I were, seeing this video of this mofo grabbing my child...I'd be in jail too after finishing that a** whippin she started. Let me see his a** on the street...
    I'm glad she learned how to fight and put it to good use. Good for her.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Someone needs to set up a GoFundMe page.
    If she already has one let me know where so I can donate.

  • Yoni7

    As she should. McDonald's would now be known as: YONI'S PAID IN FULL FRANCHISES.....LLC. :tea:

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But think of it this way.
    People are going to laughing and pointing at this fool wherever he goes from now on for starting some ish he couldn't finish.
    The internet never forgets.
    Ha,ha, ha!!!

  • Pamela

    Look at his eyes; he Cray Cray. Lock him up.

  • FukkFolks2019

    She needs an attorney. Stat. Both ladies actually. This is Workers Comp. Injured on the job

  • Pamela

    Why does she need a Gofundme page? Priorities people, priorities.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    She is a former boxer lol

  • http://www.myfashiondelivery.com/ Myfashiondelivery

    Why I don't believe in the motto the "customer's always right". Sometimes the customer is also ignorant and down right disrespectful.

  • CookieMobster

    He looks to be on dem meffs

  • Ni Ni

    Someone tell her to go to the hospital. Get everything you can hun.

    Sandra, they don't charge every black person who attacks a white person with hate crimes either. Maybe i missed something in the stort.

  • Yoni7

    WHOLE COMBO! Add a large SWEET TEA, no ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j_47-Pqy4c

  • FukkFolks2019

    I said that his parents paid good ass money for gymnastics lessons and this is what he did with them

  • iWasteTime

    That 2 piece combo takes me tf out EVERY TIME!!
    If he don't sat down ... lol

  • Yoni7

    Girl, those boots scraping across the cement. LMAOOO

  • Yoni7

    He about to be famous! LMAOOOO

  • FukkFolks2019

    He already is. He is everywhere lol

  • Guest©

    The write up says he cousin was a boxer who taught her some moves.

  • Coy little wink

    Read an article that says she gave him a lifetime supply of filet o' fist sandwiches ?

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao...all them flips and mess....he would have been got hit with a bat....no time for acrobatics in street fighting...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Guest©

    What in the Too Wong Foo hell is that, lol?

  • Yoni7

    What that YT man would/should have got with his "order".

  • Guest©

    ?????

  • hottlanta

    My azz will b wrapped like a mummy u would think it was Halloween 24/7.

  • Soon2BWife

    I have recognized that everyone is going through something and I vow to be kinder, softer and more compassionate this year and going forward. I can be really, really mean my mouth is slick and cuts deep. I am leaving that all behind. Instead of getting mad or impatient with people, I am going to dole out love and blessings. The sharpness of tongue I possess to hurt can equally edify and uplift. I was such a sensitive, positive and caring child and young woman and used my gift to defend and help others. Not sure where I lost my way but I imagine life happened and a callus formed on my heart. I am so thankful for revelation and epiphany. Hurt people, hurt people. Love begets love. We are so into outer appearance, things and measuring up to others that we don’t take care of our souls or the souls of others. No real connections, just likes, snaps, tweets and emulations of unhealthy and often bad behaviors.

    He believes what the internet, police brutality, our volitile President, the alt right and ect. has told him about people of color that we are angry, dangerous, criminals, less than and don’t really have a right to be here. Thus, he felt he had the right to put his hands on her unprovoked and without consequences and THEN get her fired. Oh, but for her ?? did he learn otherwise! Hope he never forgets this lesson.

    Happy New Year, Roses! Be really good to yourselves and others this year. ???

  • NaeNae2015

    I am SOOOOOO glad there is a video of what really happened!!! There is no way anyone could distort the truth!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because she's provided me with lots of laughter by beating his azz.

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • TriniHarlem

    Came in for fries left with a ten piece hold the salty tears ?

  • pecancandy

    That sounds like such a compassionate and humanitarian plan. Many blessings

  • Yoni7

    I think the SALTY tears were added THAT DAY! LOL

  • FukkFolks2019

    Awe man I love this. I truly do *hugs ya*

  • TriniHarlem

    On the house ??

  • FukkFolks2019

    An extra helping

  • FukkFolks2019

    New post

  • Yoni7

    This was me about 3 years ago. I use to be so slick with my mouth. Last night had a man tell me how patient I was. I replied "I am because I'd want someone to be patient with me as well." The journey is rough, but the destination is worth it. Stay and be encouraged.

    And don't forget to check on the elderly........daily! Gives them a reason to live sometimes.

  • soldierwoman89

    LMMFAO LOL LOL

  • soldierwoman89

    IKR....Yea.. she F him up! He deserved it!

  • Soon2BWife

    Girl, thank you for this! Will do!

  • HIS4EVA

    i could tell she had some experience throwing them hands! DEFEND YOURSELF!

  • HIS4EVA

    yes she should have went to the hospital

  • Yoni7

    No, thank YOU! #re-confirmation

  • HIS4EVA

    yass!

  • Soon2BWife

    ???

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    This is beautiful! I am constantly working on the same.

  • hottlanta

    That reminded me of a tshirt l saw that said don't let your President cause u 2 get your azz whupped. Yasssssss.

  • Blue

    Haaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Blue

    Hahahahahaha

  • Blue

    Hollering!

  • Blue

    She boxed him like he was an Amazon shipment.

  • Blue

    I saw that. I'm telling you.

  • Yoni7

    I seen something just last night. A customer tried to use a coupon from 2017! Bish, it's expired! He asked to speak to a manager. The manager made an exception. The cashier obliged. Went to continue to check him out. She asked for his ZIP code (part of transaction), he starts typing it in. She CALMLY says "Sir, you need to tell me." HE says to her...."YOU need to lower your voice!" When I say she got right back with him! Bay-bee! He asked to see her manager. The manager took HER side (as he should) and said "sir, we made an exception for YOU to use an expired coupon.". The customer, looking stupid, then says....."She called me a liar. You need to teach your customer service people to have better manners." When I say that cashier popped back up on his ass after he LIED and said 'She called me a liar...'. Sis, was like "I never called you a liar. A THIEF would have been my choice of words." And went back to ringing. He stormed out. Manager (who didn't care one way or the other) went back to his daily hiding. LOL

  • EBT Doll

    ??

  • BOSS

    He had her “FUCKED UP” for sure. She should have beat his a?? I would have tried to kill the b?tch, grabbing me like that, I would have snapped!

  • Sassie

    Well the girl who was grabbed was not hurt obviously. She tried to beat that dude to death and her actions were JUSTIFIED.

  • Sassie

    That was a good one, LOL

  • Nina Ross

    Hopefully she finds a good workman’s comp attorney

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Yea cuz after all that he tried to okay the victim talking bout I was just asking you a question (what question required him to snatch that girl like that) and I want her fired when he attacked her!

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • teather

    Let this be a cautionary tale to those other motherflowers who think they can snatch a black woman up like that and not eat your teeth thereafter. Most of us women we're cheering her on while our mouths were agape at how outlandish his behavior was, AND if Mickey D's is so much in support, why not just release a statement saying you're in support and "looking into the incident" like most others do. That mfer was served after he assaulted her by the Latino looking manager. There's so much in here that's just unacceptable. She wouldn't seek medical treatment and is taking ibuprofen. Where are this woman's parents?? Why hasn't she hired an attorney?? WE move wrongly in most of these situations, which never deters others from trying to victimize us again. She needs to go see Crump and get legal help.
    she beat his as$! Good going, Sis. Punks jump up and get beat down.

  • teather

    You set the tone for all of us to be kinder and gentler to our fellow travelers. It's easy to judge anyone while online. It's harder to find compassion to offer support and love to that person, and perhaps a little wisdom and tough love but with kindness. WE all have our shortcomings but those who choose to air theirs online receive backlash that is just overwhelming. We all must examine ourselves. I told myself that if the post isn't fruitful, don't click it. If you do and you have nothing to say that's supportive, go to the next article. It's that easy. We vow to spread love. I concur!

  • teather

    lOl! Craziness!

  • Soon2BWife

    Right on! ????

  • smartchickfl

    ???

  • smartchickfl

    I love this.

  • Ebony Starr

    She was standing back from the counter, an indication that he had already said something out of line. I had a long reach to get to her.

  • Guess Who

    She was lighting that mothersucka up....but I'm baffled as to why the MALES working there were holding HER and not HIM????????? DA FUK?

    FUNNY how these racists POS ALWAYS go after women, children/teens but never a full grown black man.

  • AListDiva29

    Yep, looks like typical FL white trash! He will probably try to sue McDonald's or whoever posted the video too, SMDH! Glad she got some good jabs in! It's disgusting that men think it's ok to assault women, but we're fighting back!

  • Ebony Starr

    This is beautiful! I worked retail where a white woman came In trying to provoke me. She called me a slave and asked, "why do they hire black people". She videoing with her phone. She said that she was going to post how badly I was treating her, because she has a disability. I never said one word to her. I covered my face and called security. She left, while calling me all kinds of names. It gets hard sometimes, but it's always worth it to keep your cool. In this instance she had no choice.

  • JENNYJONES1

    LAAAAAAWWWWWW---SUIT!!!!!! I HAVE NO DOUBT THIS VIDEO GOING VIRAL WILL HAVE MANY, MANY GOOD, GOOOOD LAWYERS CONTACTING HER AND GETTING HER PAID!!!!.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • gail jones

    Nice!

  • Andrea Williams

    Child, while he around here jumping, spinning and kicking somebody will be done popped a cap in him just because of his outfit.

  • gail jones

    I'm an oil-tongued individual too, but I've been working on that for about the last year and a half (in real life, that is).

  • hottlanta

    Roland Martin had said it recently that white folks gonna mess with the wrong person n gonna get knocked the hell out. Where is the metoo folks at 2 discuss this blatant act of disrespect of this women.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Im so proud of lil mama for tagging that ass! I wish i was around cause i sure woulda help a sista out and swept his legs from under him. You see how quickly he played victim after getting his ass beat?

  • gail jones

    That's a hellafied point you're making. You just raised a thousand and one thoughts in my head. Alternate outcomes and all. Damn!

  • hottlanta

    Yeah like bear bryant excuse me bbq becky. When the cops came she did a fake white woman drop n roll fake cry talking bout she felt attacked. The cop face was priceless.

  • tia

    If this baby were part of the LGBT community , there would be a major uproar. Where are they?? Fraud azz bullies...

    Anyway, that cock sucker picked the "wrong one." 'Lil mama handled her business.

  • Sid

    So ironic how these gay white women talk like black women but hate us so much. I’m glad she handled her business. I would have got a couple of pops in if I was there too lol

  • Reenaface

    Big upps to the family for teaching her how to defend herself.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I would’ve fell tf out IMMEDIATELY afterwards...make McD’s pay!

    I’m glad someone else stepped in. It looked like a few others just stood there. Grab a chair or something! Did he take his order at the end? LOL wth. All those guys should’ve kicked his åss out ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    ??

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Lol

  • Locapoca

    So you still need that straw or nah?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/wv89eetV1HbFe/giphy.gif

  • Business909

    This crazy ninja has mental issues. Glad they arrested his pasty a@#$s!

  • Guest©

    ?????

  • Jordan’s Memory

    You gonna get me fired busting laughing at my desk when I'm suppose to be working! lmao... Go ahead Ghetto bunny and get that bag! Stay home and collect some free checks then get a lawyer and sue everybody including the damn straw company hell why not! lol white boy and McDonald's gonna pay me dammit! and I'm gonna get a disability check for PTSD, now I am scared to walk into a McDonalds forever in fear that I will be assaulted by random white men! !!!! PAY ME!!!!! Oh and I wish he would have kicked me in my stomach his ass would have been leaving on a fukin stretcher!

  • Renee Bee

    Bwahahahaha!!!!! Loca stop it!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Because they knew she was just getting warmed up. she was bout to get it in. White boy piped down real quick after that second Jab he like oh hell naw this bish fighting back, I wasn't ready for that. lol so at the time they holding her because she was the only one swinging, you see how she reached over and pulled him back to her to swing on him some more. his ass had enough about 4 jabs in. lmao

  • Logan Roberts

    Can I get a lawsuit with those fries?

  • BloodBlood

    ???

  • BloodBlood

    Yessssssssss I was thinking the samething

  • Allihave2say

    It was reported that McDonald's fired her originally. The outcry of support she gained led to them saying she's on leave due to her injuries.

  • Chicagowise

    I smell a lawsuit cooking in the oven.

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO

  • Carla Davis

    Baby girl, if you EVA see this, get you a lawyer if you haven't already....against McDonald's ass and the guy that almost pulled you across the counter. I see nothing but $$$$$$$.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    "It isn't clear why Taylor wasn't charged with a hate crime." YES IT IS! We all know why!! How is she fired if she is on workers comp? It don't work like that.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Sue him, Sue Mcdonald's, Sue the manager, Sue the ppl that pulled her off him, Sue everyone that didn't help, Sue the street that store sits on! Sis did what she had to do and faux anybody's employer that cant understand that. Black women are the least appreciated in America,

  • Eileen

    This is bs all day long..sue mcdonalds file civil suit against this nutcase and get to a doctor

  • Eileen

    but if it were a white women now we marching and crying and running for office! smh

  • Eileen

    True.. they are cowards

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Beat his azz like he was the Hamburgler!

  • PrettyNetty28

    Sis gave him the business .??

  • RICHIE_RICH

    She didn’t come to play with the kids ????????

  • Raquel

    If it were me....real sh*t ....I woulda blacked alllllll the way out. And I don't like white people either?? I been wanting to beat the p*ss outta one of em. That would have been the ideal opportunity for him to get these hands. When I get mad, I see nothing but red......he woulda been leaving on a godd*mn stretcher.

  • IamAllnatural

    ?

  • IamAllnatural

    White privileged talking about I want her fired. Chile please...

  • IamAllnatural

    They know better because a black man would’ve knocked him out like Debo.

  • IamAllnatural

    I can bet that he won’t ever ever ever touch a black woman again.

  • dontgetblocked

    Paid leave of absence? That doesn't exist without paperwork from the doctor. She's using some sick days. Furthermore, I would have fell out on the floor like I was injured and gone straight to the emergency room. My neck, back, hands, feet and everything else would have been "injured". The payday would be from Mickey Dees not the customer. Instead of playing the victim, this ghetto bird is bragging about punching him. You see he was only charged with misdemeanors. Hmmm. Wonder what she did to provoke him? Probably running her big fat black mouth. He wouldn't have grabbed over the store's policy. Plus what McDonald's requires you to ask for a straw with a drink. Lies. Lies Lies. Notice.. no official statement from Mickey Dees. They're already figuring out how to fire her.

  • Black4life

    Hehehe...Cock Sucker...Hehehe.

  • Black4life

    Word....What about Me Too?

  • Black4life

    My eye...My eye.

  • Black4life

    You heard shim...he did not come to play.

  • Black4life

    OKAY....I can't. That outfit was poppin like his little gun.

  • Black4life

    You wrong for that.

  • Black4life

    LOLOLOLOL...yelling, don't touch me...don't touch me.

  • Mikayla

    This is the. dumbest shit I ever read. So nobody has accountability cause now everything racist white men do is cause "the president" made him?? You do know these incidents happened under the biracial fool too, do you not??

  • Mikayla

    Real tea is when that black man assaults two black women, aint shit done to him either! You won't touch that though.

  • Mikayla

    Stop excusing these people! You sound so dumb. You need a history class.... RECENT history cause the same hate crimes happened under the biracial doofus.

  • Mikayla

    She MIGHT BE a part of LGB. What's your point? SHe's still a black woman, so they wouldn't help either.

  • Guess Who

    LOL sure would have!

  • Guess Who

    Yeah, he thought he had "the one"...well, he sure the hell did..the one who got HANDS.

  • Andrea Williams

    OUTFIT. TOO. MURCH! (In my best Madea voice) Too Murch!

  • Soon2BWife

    Happy New year, Mikayla!!!! Have a wonderful and safe weekend.???

  • Mikayla

    Take a history class in 2019. Open a book.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    McDonalds allowing a PAID leave of absence. They smell a lawsuit coming their way. Yasmine I know the attorneys are reaching out to you. Take one up on their offer.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    #blocked
    #goodnight

  • voyageurs47

    ...but not at 40% attorneys' fees, please.

  • voyageurs47

    LOL.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    I absolutely agree

  • Chicagowise

    I'm sure he wasn't expecting that little lady to pack such a big punch. LOL

  • Eileen

    And the bm who thought she could handle it shame on them does any brotha out there feel outraged?

  • MRiGOThim

    He got the right one...get ya ass beat & go to jail damn :P

  • ??LovelyRedd ??

    This is a prime example of how most white people have this superiority and victim complex. At the end he said "I want her ass fired right now." Then it sounded like he said "I'm suing you. I was just asking you a question." One thing I've seen from white people so many times is that they start stuff and then when somebody rains down punches on their heads, they're all of a sudden the victim. That's why I stay away from anything dealing with customers on the regular.

  • justsayin

    YESYESYES??????

  • Kimocha

    I love this video... I have watched it again and again... and get hyped every time I do!.... She beat the brakes off that MF!!

  • Kimocha

    That is EXACTLY what happened to George Zimmerman too... He started mess with Trayvon and was getting his azz beat and wanted to cry that he was the victim and that he HAD to shoot Trayvon!... Smmfh!

  • Soon2BWife

    ????

  • http://www.myfashiondelivery.com Myfashiondelivery

    Absolutely crazy...