A New York City McDonald's worker was arrested for brutally beating a customer with a metal rod following an altercation with the entire incident caught on video.
The cashier, 31-year-old Rayon McIntosh, was charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon following the incident at an NYC McDonald's on West 3rd Street with two women.
The video shows McIntosh in a verbal fight with two female customers, one of which who slapped McIntosh, reportedly after he checked the validity of her $50, Gothamist reports. The incident becomes brutal after one woman jumped behind the counter before McIntosh beat her with a metal rod repeatedly.
According to NBC, the unnamed woman's injuries are severe, with a partially crushed skull, broken right arm and critical wound to her head where the left side was caved in. The second woman suffered minor injuries.
According to police, McIntosh had a just finished serving a manslaughter conviction from 2000.
We have questions as to why this gentleman would be behind a counter at a public facility like McDonald's. Why wouldn't he be in the back as opposed to being in the front with the criminal history that he has? the father of the victim, whose name has not been released, said in a statement to NBC.
McDonald's posted a statement, Response to New York Assault, on its corporate Web site commenting on the incident.
The violence in this video is alarming and reprehensible. The franchisee of this restaurant has told us that the individual involved no longer works for her organization. We strive to ensure that our McDonald's restaurants are safe and welcoming for our customers. Our franchisee is fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
Following the release of the video by an onlooker on YouTube, which has amassed nearly one million hits since the incident, Carmen Paulino, the owner of the franchise, made a public statement.
I am extremely disturbed by the events captured on tape and am concerned for those injured, Paulino said. The actions of this individual are unacceptable and not characteristic of my employees. This individual no longer works for my organization. Operating safe, welcoming restaurants is my top priority. I am fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
It is unclear whether or not the women will be charged in the NYC McDonald's beating incident.