McDonald’s Employee Shot By Customer Because Of French Fries

By Kristi Eckert | 4 months ago

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Working at a fast-food restaurant is becoming increasingly more deadly. Yes, you read that correctly. The fast-food industry, in recent months, has been continuously plagued by a string of employee deaths and injuries that have resulted from angry customers drawing guns and shooting. One Wendy’s employee remains in critical condition and another is dead after they were shot at by a customer at the drive-thru. Now, according to Newsweek, a McDonald’s employee has become the latest victim in the slew of drive-thru shooting frenzies. 

The McDonald’s shooting occurred at a location in St. Louis, Missouri. The alleged shooter, Terika Clay had been arguing with the McDonald’s employee at the drive-thru over a discount on french fries. Even after the dispute had seemingly ended Clay remained in the vicinity of the McDonald’s and when the employee that she had been arguing with stepped out for a smoke break she used it as an opportunity to attack. 

The account reported by KMOV 4 News detailed that Clay hit the employee over the head with a gun and then shot them. Video footage from the incident was acquired by the police. Clay has been arrested and is currently being held at $150,000 bail. The victim of the McDonald’s shooting was immediately taken to the hospital after the incident, however, at this point, the victim’s condition remains unknown.

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News of the McDonald’s shooting comes right alongside a grievous attack that happened at a Burger King in the East Harlem section of New York City. The suspect, Winston Glynn, in the Burger King shooting allegedly shot and killed a 19-year-old girl, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, in cold bold after he had successfully robbed the location she was working at. After handing over cash at gunpoint to Glynn, Bayron-Nieves reportedly was struggling to open a second register. Glynn quickly grew impatient and shot Bayron-Nieves in the chest before fleeing the scene. Glynn has since been apprehended, but Baron-Nieves ultimately succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. 

In another incident, separate from the McDonald’s shooting, an employee at a Taco Bell in Los Angeles was shot and killed by a customer after refusing to accept counterfeit money. The gunman immediately opened fire at the employee, ejecting multiple rounds and fatally wounding the employee who was simply doing his job. The suspect subsequently fled the scene. In this case, the killer, unfortunately, remains at large. 

The McDonald’s shooting, along with the slew of others, all serve as alarming indications of society’s mental state. It’s concerning to think that simply showing up to work and doing your job can potentially wind up getting you killed. And amid a still-sustaining pandemic and mass worker shortages putting undue stress on employees, it only serves to put further focus on the rapidly emerging issue. It’s clear that authorities are doing all they can to apprehend the assailants and bring justice to the victims of these unwarranted crimes. Still, the frequency of these crimes is sure to cause many to think twice before visiting their local fast-food restaurant.