Burger Brawl Caught on Camera
By David Greene
BRONX- The fight for the $15 an hour minimum wage continues and has moved from the political forum to behind the counter of a packed McDonald’s– as two employees of a Norwood eatery were captured on video during their all-out brawl.
According to the NYPD, the incident took place at the McDonald’s at 300 East 204 Street at Perry Avenue, at 4:30 p.m., on February 21.
The unidentified 22-year-old victim reported the incident a week later. One detective explained, “She stated she was struck in the face several times by the subject with a closed fist. It’s unknown if she went to the hospital, but she suffered minor injuries.”
On February 28, police arrested Slade Shania, 18, of Queens, who was charged with assault, harassment in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.
A source familiar with the incident, reported, “There was a big fight in McDonald’s between two workers. The restaurant was freakin’ packed and guess what happens?, They started fighting in the kitchen, while all the customers were there watching, while they were in their uniforms.”
The source continued, “The girl pressed charges and they came and got her a week later. The black girl, whose hair went flying was the manager there and they moved her to another place, so I guess the one she was beating up, tried to get her fired or something.”
The source added, “She went to the precinct and made a complaint and they locked up the other other girl, but they let her go. They put handcuffs on her, but I don’t know what happened after that.”
A 48-second cellphone video of the fisticuffs shows Shania walking away from the customers at the counter and she pursues her co-worker, before letting go with a barrage of wildly thrown punches, and at one point, lost her wig– as shocked customers gasped and laughed as the action unfolded.
From the video it appeared that a couple of customers even stepped beyond the counter to assist in restraining Shania, who was immediately taken out of the restaurant.
Norwood resident Tony Rodriguez watched the video after visiting the restaurant, and stated, “I can’t believe it… it was probably over a small, petty disagreement over something stupid. Could she have handled it a different way? She probably should have.”
Another customer who was in a hurry, blurted out, “That’s the world we live in brother.”
Customer John Mayorga said after watching the video, “I’ve never seen anything like that,” adding it was more likely two customers on a long line could come to blows. Mayorga added, “If you’re going to start a fight, then you’re going to have to face the consequences. I’m just surprised they didn’t get fired.”
The question of firings was poised to one employee, who responded, “Oh, I don’t know anything about that.”
Moving up the golden arch’s food chain, a manager of the popular restaurant said, “I can’t talk about that, they got lawyers and that’s about it.”
“Lorraine” a spokeswoman for the franchise owner, added, “Right now it’s a police matter, so I really can’t give you any information, no I can’t. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can talk about.”
She added, “I could forward your information over to one of the supervisors, okay? I really can’t give you any information, I’m sorry.”