UPDATE: McDonald's employee attacked by customer at work hires attorney after being placed on leave

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

CNN -- A McDonald's employee who was battered by a customer at work has hired an attorney and says she has been placed on leave following the incident.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

CNN -- A Florida man is accused of attacking a McDonald’s employee over a straw.

The ugly incident was caught on video.

Daniel Taylor spent New Year’s Day in jail charged with simple battery and witnesses say it all started because of this.

It's video lighting up social media.

It was showing a man pulling a McDonald’s employee by the shirt over the counter.

“Even though she's at work you know is there a limit to how much these employees can, can take," said Brenda Biandudi, a witness.

Brenda Biandudi was the person holding the phone watching as this fight began escalating quickly.

She says it started when 40-year-old Daniel Taylor walked over to the condiment bar to grab a straw at this McDonald’s on 34th Street in St. Petersburg.

"He was yelling and walking toward the counter and the young lady behind the counter told him that is the law now, we're not allowed to have straws in the lobby," said Biandudi.

That law does exist.

Starting January 1st the city told restaurants they can no longer leave plastic straws out on the counter and by 2020 they'll no longer be allowed to hand them out.

Biandudi says Taylor refused to accept that answer, reaching over the counter and grabbing the worker.

"She had to do it, she was doing, you know she was, she's a petite girl and you know I just felt she did the right thing," said Biandudi.

Police say on his way out Taylor also kicked another employee in the stomach.

McDonald’s wouldn't allow the employees to talk but sent a statement saying quote, "our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants."

Biandudi is happy her video could help police catch Taylor.

"I don't know what was in his mind so but I just hope you get help that he needs," said Biandudi.

The woman is still working at McDonald’s tonight. Investigators also believe that Taylor may have been intoxicated when this incident happened.