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Beatdown Under the Golden Arches~Would you like a side of Beatdown with that Big Mac?

by Deborah Cruz

I came across this video, that took place in a McDonald’s in Baltimore, on twitter the other day. What I felt when seeing this can only be described as disgust.How is this allowed to take place in decent society? In a McDonald’s in a major metropolitan area. Honestly, in my brief stint in the food service industry as a teenager, fast food was a breeding ground for acne and inappropriate sex under the guise of making a few dollars. I watched this video and all I kept thinking was..why are none of these men jumping in to stop these two girls from attacking this one girl. I call it an attack because what else do you call it when two girls are beating up on one person. It’s obviously not a fair fight.This attack transcends any color, race, religion or lifestyle that may be involved. This attack is so shocking due to its violent nature, lack of human compassion and infusion of hate. I’m not saying this girl didn’t start the altercation ( *as I have no context as to what was going on before this video was shot.). Hell, maybe she did but not by TWO people at the same time.( reference her talking back, safer the initial assault.Wouldn’t common sense dictate that you stay quiet and then call the cops? Just me? ) It’s pretty evident that no one in the building, perhaps with the exception of the Granny who tried to intervene, was using any common sense.Really, I’m convinced entirely that the geriatric super hero was using her good sense either…her heart and compassion yes. Good sense, probably not. I’m pretty sure she was a hair away from being the next victim. Those animals doing the beating were completely out of control and very cocky about the whole thing. I have no idea what could have prompted such a reaction and such hatred from these girls toward the victim.

Why the continuous beating? I don’t know. Why the moronic men filming and standing behind the counter didn’t pull the women apart? I don’t know. Why was the man filming commentating like Chris Tucker in Friday? Because, obviously, he is a fucking idiot. This video has convinced me that my girls will not be working in the fast food service industry. Hell, they will never even be allowed to walk through Baltimore without first being outfitted with a taser. And after I responded to the initial link tweeted , I received a tweet back from @McDonalds Corp offering this sorry press release:


Our Concern Regarding the Baltimore Incident

April 23, 2011

There’s no room for violence under the Golden Arches. We strongly condemn the videotaped assault in one of our Baltimore franchised restaurants.  Working with the authorities, we now have more facts, and we want to share our actions with you.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim during this time.

Our franchisee is investigating the behavior and response of his employees. Action has been taken, and the crew member who made the video is no longer employed by his organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted.

We want to reassure our customers that your neighborhood McDonald’s is a safe, welcoming place for everyone. We share our customers’ concern. We are doing everything possible to make sure the right thing is done.


I am pretty sure that I will no longer be eating under the golden arches until there is a press release stating that the assailants were fired and those who stood by and watched, were suspended pending an investigation. The scary thought is that McDonald’s just had a push to hire 50,000 more employees. I wonder, is this the caliber of employees that are lurking behind the counters when you order your Big Mac? If so, I’d say you better  proceed with caution. Who knows who you might set off with a “Specialty” order and, obvious from this video, no ones coming to your rescue if one ( or a group) of the employees goes off the rails and attacks you. But they do believe in teamwork, you saw how they were quick to help the girl escape once the sirens finally drew closer. I’m pretty sure the girl on the floor in full on shock, due to the fact that she had most of the hair ripped from her scalp, was ,indeed, NOT LOVING IT!

What action do you think McDonald’s should take in regards to their employees involved in this situation?

* UPDATE: Just did some more investigating and found this information from an article in the Baltimore Sun

A transgender woman beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald’s spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was “definitely a hate crime” and that she’s been afraid to go out in public ever since.

“They said, ‘That’s a dude, that’s a dude and she’s in the female bathroom,’ ” said Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who said she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. “They spit in my face.”

The video shows two females — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.

Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim’s head, and Polis appears to have a seizure. A man’s voice tells the women to run because police are coming.

“I knew they were taping me; I told the guy to stop,” said Polis, a resident of Baltimore. “They didn’t help me. They didn’t do nothing for me.”

County police confirmed that the attack occurred April 18 in the 6300 block of Kenwood Ave. Police said the 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile, while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman. Reached Saturday, police officials said the investigation was continuing.

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MommyLisa 2011/04/25 - 10:38 am

I think those who stood by and watched, laughed or filmed this should be charged as well – ALL employees who allowed this to occur should be immediately terminated and not be allowed to collect unemployment. This type of behavior needs swift and punishing response. No one should think its cool to beat anyone for any reason NOR film it or view it as “entertainment”. We must take our society BACK.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:16 pm

I completely agree with you!

Mommy Nani Booboo 2011/04/25 - 11:31 am

It’s hard to loose faith in humanity so early in the morning.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:16 pm

Sorry to bring the shitty news to your neck of the woods. People are fucking assholes to stand by and watch such horrendous behavior take place.Makes me want to vomit.

Rusti 2011/04/25 - 2:08 pm

sick.and.wrong. I’m just sitting here shaking my head in disbelief and disgust… what the hell is wrong with people? people like this make me wonder what kind of world my child(ren) is/are going to grow up in… and how I can keep her protected and innocent of the evils of the world as best as possible… it’s disheartening, disturbing… disgusting. I hope all those involved who either ignored the situation, or helped in the attack are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.. anything else is not justice, but a miscarriage of justice, and total bullshit.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:07 pm

I agree, They all deserve to go to jail. The two who did the beating were like animals. The men who stood by and watched, well, they are not men at all.

nic @mybottlesup 2011/04/25 - 2:21 pm

charm city baby!

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:06 pm

Right? Fucking Baltimore’s off my bucket list:)LOL

A Mommy in the City 2011/04/25 - 2:52 pm

This is just sick!! There are no words to describe how hateful these people are. Have you seen the Burger King video of the girl going crazy in Panama City Beach?

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:06 pm

I’ve not seen it. I don’t think that Ic an stomach another video of this caliber. It truly made me sick and lose some faith in humans as a species.

XLMIC 2011/04/25 - 3:59 pm

Truly sickening. Other than that, I am actually speechless.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:05 pm

I’m with you. What the hell is wrong with people?

MommyMatter 2011/04/25 - 6:21 pm

Insane. I really hope the world changes before my kids are that age, or they are never going to leave the house.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:04 pm

Exactly, unfortunately it seems it’s only getting worse:(ARGH!

Polish Mama on the Prairie 2011/04/25 - 7:14 pm

Sad thing is, this isn’t IN the city. It’s in a “nice neighborhood”, well, it was until about 15 years ago. Or at least, people walked around in a happy oblivious bublle thinking it was anyway.

Baltimore has a lot of issues. Yes, Baltimore, you do. No, seriously, you really do. And being denial like you are, Baltimore, is only digging your crack lined grave even deeper.

The manager is in the shot multiple times taking pics with his phone, and the ONLY reason 9-1-1 was called was because of the seizures. The police were NEVER called.

Those men are all cowards in that video. And they knew the assailants so thought it was cool. Because it’s Baltimore. It’s how they do.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 2:00 pm

That is so sickening. I only watched the video once through.I can’t watch it more than that. It truly disgusts me. What really annoyed me on top of that was that we were tweeting about it and McDonald’s corp sent me this stupid ass press release that basically was a slap on the wrist. It is ridiculous. I odn;t know how they stood there and watched ti all happen. It was so disturbing I would have thought someones adrenaline would have kicked in and they would have jumped in to protect the victim.

Perfecting Parenthood 2011/04/25 - 10:18 pm

I wrote almost the same story about some girls enjoying a beating happening right in front of them, which they could have stopped. Fortunately a different girl does show some courage in that one.

I’m glad that the manager stepped in a couple of times and some old lady stepped in, but then where did they go? Just weird and terrible. Those girls looked like they wanted to kill the third, not just resolve a little dispute, literally kill her.

I worked at McDonalds. They don’t have heroics training there, but I sure hope I would have been tempted to jump in there as a teenager. I’m sure this kind of thing goes on a lot more often than we know, just doesn’t get filmed.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/26 - 1:51 pm

It did look as if they were trying to kill her. I don’t know what would make people so angry to want to do this to another human. I understand no heroics but they were men and could have at least pulled the two girls off the one.

NinjaMommers 2011/04/27 - 3:33 pm

I don’t care what anyone’s reason for this occurring was. People just stood there while someone was abused beyond belief and then tried to protect them. What about the person laying there convulsing? This actually made me sick.

I too will be boycotting this chain until I gain the knowledge that ALL the employees are charged and fired. (yes all of them because I feel by not doing ANYTHING they were just as bad as the attackers)


Carri 2011/04/27 - 9:21 pm

I fucking hate people. So a dude is dressed like a chick. BFD. What… are we in 1811? I’m pretty conservative and even I think that’s a crock of shit.


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