ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A judge sentenced a Florida man who attacked a female McDonald’s employee and then was pummeled by her in a dispute over a straw to jail, issued him a fine and ordered him to not have any contact with the victims.
Daniel Taylor, 40, pleaded no contest to two counts of battery, and a judge on Feb. 26 sentenced him to 60 days in jail and a fine of more than $1,600. He was credited with already serving 58 days, according to court documents.Content Continues Below
Video of the incident, which quickly went viral, shows Taylor reaching over the restaurant counter after he couldn’t find a straw. The city had recently passed a law requiring restaurants to make plastic straws available by request.
In the video, Taylor starts yelling at employee Yasmine James, 20, before grabbing her around her neck; however, she fights back, throwing a few quick punches to Taylor’s face.