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Was This McDonalds Worker Right To Defend Himself?

Submitted by on October 17, 2011 – 11:42 am19 Comments
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Talk about a “Mac attack.”

McDonalds worker Rayon McIntosh took self-defense to the next level over the weekend while at work in Greenwich Village, New York. As is customary in many locations, McIntosh requested to scan the $50 note handed to him by Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and Rachel Edwards, 24, when they came to his register to order food. The women took offense to McIntosh’s gesture to the point where Darbeau starts screaming and cursing, lurching across the counter to not only slap McIntosh but also jumping over it to apparently fight him. She gets more than what she bargained for though, when McIntosh pulls out a metal rod and proceeds to bash not only her but Edwards also.

Other customers in the restaurant, including the patron recording the footage on their phone, can he heard screaming as Darbeau’s head gets pummeled (she came out of the incident with a fractured skull and broken arm). McIntosh, who previously served more than a decade in prison after being convicted of shooting and killing a classmate when he was 19 years old, has been charged felony assault charges, along with criminal possession of a weapon. He’s currently being held at the Manhattan Detention Complex on $40,000 bail, The two females were charged with menacing, trespass and disorderly conduct.

McIntosh’s father tells the New York Post, “You can’t go into a person’s workplace and attack them. Let’s be real now—this was self-defense.” But how much excessive force is needed in a situation like this? Who determines how far a defense of self can go?

McDonald’s has issued a statement in regards to 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.”

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