So on Friday night, while relaxing at home, glancing at the news on television, I saw one of the craziest YouTube videos I’ve seen in a long time. People fighting and having amateur videographers capture it on their cellular phones is nothing out of the ordinary, but this fight at McDonald’s last Wednesday was something that was way too extreme for me.
According to CNN, and as you can see on the video, while ringing up two women at the cash register in a McDonald’s franchise in Greenwich Village, 31-year-old Rayon McIntosh questions a $50 bill the women try to give him for their purchase. It’s not really clear why or how things escalate, but as obscenities are hurled his way, one of the two women reaches across the counter and slaps McIntosh in the face. After that, things go really left.
He must have said or done something to defend himself in a manner that the women didn’t appreciate, because one of the women jumps the counter (I’m not kidding, check the video), threatens him and then follows him into the kitchen area. The other woman finds her way around the counter to help her friend confront the man, and all hell breaks loose. McIntosh is seen picking up what looks like a metal rod and starts swinging fast and viciously at both women until they both fell on the ground. It doesn’t stop there though. When they try to get up, he hits them harder. Not only can you hear people in the restaurant screaming for the man to stop, but you can also hear the sound of the rod making contact–really hard contact–with the women’s bodies. The women, Denise Darbeau and Rachael Edwards, both 24, were taken to the hospital with cuts on their head and face. One of the individuals’ head was fractured, and her arm was broken in the attack. As last reported by CNN, they remain in the hospital in serious condition. Both Darbeau and Edwards were charged with menacing, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
It has come out that McIntosh was previously in imprisoned on manslaughter charges. I think my first reaction after hearing that and watching this video was, “Wow, this brother just messed things up for a lot of rehabilitated individuals trying to get employment out here…” For his role in the attack, McIntosh was charged with felony assault and is being held on $40,000 bond.
I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s incidents like this, and many others that I’ve seen, which cause me not to mess with or talk crazy to people I don’t know. There are too many people out here having out-of-body experiences and losing it for anyone to get too comfortable trying to play Mr. or Mrs. Get Bad.
There have been a lot of people commenting on blogs and on news sites like CNN and The Wall Street Journal who are saying that McIntosh was justified in defending himself in the manner that he did. Do you agree? Also, the father of one of the victims appeared on television the other night and said a man with a record like McIntosh shouldn’t have been able to work that close with people as a cashier at all. What do you think about that statement? Do share!
To see the video of the attack, continue to CNN. We do warn you though, it is disturbing.
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