An argument between a cashier and two irate customers at a New York City McDonald’s turned violent, leaving both customers injured and all three facing charges.
The entire incident, which was captured on video, happened last Thursday morning.
According to CBS News, two female customers argued and yelled obscenities at the cashier when he questioned a $50 bill they gave him.
One of the female customers then slapped the cashier. The first woman is then seen jumping over the counter while the other woman goes behind the register.
That’s when the cashier can be seen on the video going to the back of the fast-food restaurant. He comes back with a metal rod and begins hitting the women.
Other customers watched in horror as McDonald’s workers tried unsuccessfully to stop the violence.
One female customer is later treated for a fractured skull that required surgery and a broken arm. The other has a deep laceration.
Rayon McIntosh, 31, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.McIntosh served more than a decade in prison after shooting and killing a high school classmate in 2000. He was being held on $40,000 bail.
The female customers were charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
The owner of that McDonald’s said in a statement that she was “disturbed” by what happened and said the cashier is no longer employed there.
But the story should not end there. Not only did these women attack Rayon McIntosh, but they jumped over the counter and continued their assault. No other employees stepped-in to help. So was Rayon McIntosh right to defend himself? Should he have been charged (with a crime) at all? And would he have been charged if these were two violent male customers?