ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - A viral video from a McDonald’s restaurant in St. Pete is now prompting some workers to speak up.
Dozens of workers are planning to go on strike Tuesday morning. They want fast-food chains to better protect employees from violence.
Last week, video from the McDonald’s on 34th Street South showed a customer attack a worker over a straw. He was later arrested.
Workers who are part of the ‘Fight for $15’ movement now plan to strike at that restaurant during lunchtime tomorrow. The group says while many were outraged over the video, several fast food workers feel the attack didn't come as a shock.
"I was not surprised at all," said Laura Rollins, a South Florida woman who has worked at several McDonald's restaurants over the past 25 years."
Rollins says this happens more often than people know.
"Being spit on, you know, I mean hocked and spit on, spill coffee in their face," Rollins said. "Those girls really take a lot of abuse and it's not fair that a customer can come in there and take their frustration out on the employees."
Organizers are asking McDonald's to:
-Provide training for employees and managers to handle violence in the workplace.
-Establish store security protocols
-Provide protection and a voice on the job for its predominantly Black and Hispanic women workforce.
McDonald's released a statement Monday saying the employees had been offered counseling and directly addressing concerns "about the disturbing incident that occurred at our restaurant in St. Petersburg."
“We have retained an external investigator to look into this assault on our employees and we are reviewing how we respond to such incidents going forward. We will always stand with our people and remain committed to their safety and well-being," Khim Aday wrote.