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Florida McDonald's employees to strike after viral video of St. Petersburg colleague attacked by customer

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jan 07, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A group of Florida fast food workers are striking after a female colleague was attacked by a customer.

A viral video shows Daniel Taylor grabbing Yasmine James' shirt and attempting to pull her over the counter after he asked for a straw at a St. Petersburg McDonald's last week. James hit him several times in the face.

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Taylor was charged with two counts of simple battery. Police say he also kicked another worker.

The group Fight for $15 says it will strike during Tuesday's lunch rush to demand fast-food chains protect workers from safety threats.

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McDonald's employee Gail Rogers said in a statement that she's planning to strike because she doesn't feel safe on the job. She says workers are subjected to all types of behavior including sexual harassment.