When Keeping It Real Goes Too Far





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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2012

The graphic images caught on tape of a male McDonald's cashier beating two aggressive female customers with a metal rod after they hopped over the counter to attack him, brought varying and heated reactions from the thousands who watched the video.

After 11 days of grand jury testimony, the justice system has ruled in favor of former McDonald's employee Rayon McIntosh, as he was cleared of all charges Friday stemming from the incident that occurred at a Greenwich Village McDonald's in October.

While he may have been acting in just selfdefense this past October, McIntosh is no angel. He began working the McDonald's job just after he finished serving 10 years for manslaughter after shooting and killing a 17-year-old classmate in 2000. He was on parole at the time of the attack.

The October incident was spurred after McIntosh checked to see if the $50 bill that the two enraged 24-year-old women attempted to pay their bill with was real. After first spitting and slapping at McIntosh, the two women hopped over the counter where they met the employee who had run to the back of the kitchen to get something to defend himself with. Cell phone video showed that McIntosh had grabbed a metal bar which used to repeatedly beat the unruly customers with. McIntosh's lawyer claimed that the employee feared for his life.

"He didn't know if they had a weapon," lawyer Theodore Herlich told the Daily News Friday. "They were saying, 'We're going to f--k you up.' He thought they were saying, 'We're going to cut you up.' I think the grand jury had a lot of sympathy for him based on the video, based on how the women were behaving."


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