An older man violently grabbed 20-year-old St. Petersburg, Fla., McDonald's worker Yasmine James over a plastic straw on New Year's Eve.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg where it concerns attacks on fast-food workers.
Two years ago in Dallas, a man threw a chair and milkshake at a 60-year-old female Burger King worker.
Last year in California, a woman punched, kicked and pushed a McDonald's manager over the lack of ketchup.
Also in the ratchet year that was 2018, a woman allegedly slapped a Chick-Fil-A employee in Alabama.
And the list goes on and on.
Clearly, the biggest line of defense for fast-food workers so far has been a security camera. That is wholly insufficient.
We are living in dangerous times when people randomly harm others at schools, malls, yoga studios, stadiums and, yes, fast-food restaurants.
But for some reason, the violence against these workers hasn't attracted the kind of serious response that it should.
Instead of outrage, YouTube commenters were more impressed by how young the 60-year-old Burger King employee looked.
"Inside Edition" jokingly referred to James as a "trained boxer" instead of a scared young woman defending herself after being grabbed by a stranger.
A group of McDonald's employees planned to strike at the location where James worked this week for more security.
"It's very clear I'm not safe at McDonald's," said Gail Rogers, a Tampa McDonald's worker, in a statement released by organizers from Fight for $15. "I'm going on strike because at McDonald's, we're subjected to all types of behavior that has no place at work - from physical attacks and armed robberies, to sexual harassment, to racial discrimination."
These are not joking matters when hard-working minimum wage employees are beaten over straws, ketchup and milkshakes.
Anyone of these people could be kids or your parents. The very least we can do is provide our sympathy instead of our laughter.
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