Rude woman filmed throwing food and spitting at McDonald's staff in bizarre meltdown after argument
HINDLEY STREET, ADELAIDE: In a bizarre incident, a woman was filmed assaulting and spitting on the staff of an Adelaide fast-food restaurant after a heated argument.
The outrageous incident occurred at McDonald's Hindley Street Store. The video, shared by the Instagram page ‘Shit Adelaide’, shows a woman reaching over the counter before throwing fries and drinks at a staff member. The staff then tried to calm her down and solve the argument but she kept accusing the staff member of assault and mistreatment.
Then, the woman was seen telling the staff about a video of the assault on her phone before spitting on the staff member. The video of the incident was captured by another customer present at the restaurant. The South Australian police said they have investigated the matter but no charges had been laid in relation to the bizarre incident.
The incident came just a few weeks after South Australian authorities introduced heavier penalties on people accused of assaulting retail workers. Offenders will be handed the same punishments as those for assaulting a police officer or paramedic. The new law applies to anyone selling goods. Yet to be passed by parliament as legislation, the rule has already been implemented by the state government.
Reacting to the incident, SDA Secretary Josh Peak said the incident is ‘vile’ but not surprising. “Unfortunately, this sort of attack is not surprising – frankly, I’m sick of it occurring at this particular restaurant,” Peak said. “Should this have occurred during a known peak period, we have to wonder whether security were there and being provided by the employer because we know that’s not always the case at this site."
“We do think Safe Work SA needs to take this seriously. Workers shouldn’t have to go it alone and we’re calling for an urgent security review by McDonald's,’ he added.
In a statement, a McDonald's Australia spokesperson said its employees deserved respect. “The health and safety of our people and customers is our top priority," the spokesperson said. "Anti-social behavior is not tolerated in our restaurants and we expect our people to be treated with respect at all times."
“We will always do our best for our customers, but we won’t accept abuse, intimidation, threats, or violence towards our employees. We will continue to support all employees involved,” they added.
In a similar incident earlier this year, a woman was seen throwing a food bag back at the server because the fries were cold and the nuggets were not spicy.