McDonald's Employee Took Credit For Filming Brutal Beating In Baltimore Fast Food Joint

UPDATE: McDonald’s fires worker who videotaped brutal attack.

A McDonald’s worker has taken credit for filming and uploading to YouTube the latest viral video to capture a brutal assault at a fast food restaurant.

The employee, identified as Vernon Hackett on social network accounts, posted the video clip to his YouTube page earlier this week. According to his Facebook page, the 22-year-old Hackett, pictured at right, has worked for McDonald's since September 2009 .

The April 18 assault, seen below, took place at a McDonald’s location on Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb. According to the Baltimore County Police Department, a 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, while charges are pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators.

Police said the assault victim "appeared to be having a seizure" when officers arrived at the McDonald's at around 8 PM. The victim suffered cuts to the mouth and face during the attack and was transported by medics to Franklin Square Hospital for treatment, according to a police report (click to see page 1 and page 2).

The police report identifies the victim as 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis, who appears identical to Christopher Lee Polis, whose rap sheet includes convictions for disorderly conduct, property destruction, and prostitution, according to court records. The civil rights group Equality Maryland has identified the McDonald’s victim as a transgender woman.

Polis told police that she was walking to the restaurant’s bathroom when she “got into a verbal argument with two black females” who “began punching her in the face with their fists and pulling her hair.” A female bystander told cops that when she tried to break up the fight, the suspects punched her in the face, which “caused her to become disoriented.” Police noted that the woman, who declined medical treatment, had “redness around her right eye which is consistent with someone punching her in the face.” 

A manager at the Rosedale McDonald’s said she was “not allowed to speak to a reporter." In a corporate statement this afternoon, McDonald’s said it was “shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchise,” and called the incident “unacceptable, disturbing and troubling.” The firm added, “We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter.”

As seen above, in a Facebook posting, Hackett contended that the woman seen getting beaten in the video was actually a man "dressed lik a woman" who got into a confrontation with female patrons when he refused to leave the women’s bathroom at the Baltimore-area eatery. Hackett claimed that the victim faked a seizure and, when cops arrived at the restaurant, “he got right up.”

In other Facebook messages sent Friday by Hackett (see below), he acknowledged filming the fight, denied the victim was transgendered, and claimed he had “No Hate For Anybody…No Matter Tha Gender/Race Or Sexual Preference.” Hackett exchanged messages with Facebook users who wrote him to express anger about the video and his gleeful play-by-play.

Hackett did not reply to TSG messages sent to his Twitter and Facebook pages, which he subsequently deleted late this morning. He also has deleted his YouTube channel.

Comments (164)

it would not have been exactly risking your life to break up this attack....please, are u trying to say that a grown man or men could not have pulled this woman to a safe place......what a joke AND SO SPINELESS!!!!!!
Yep. So much for the rich cultural fabric of the modern urban afro-american experience. I am certain there are legions of progressive apologists out there who will twist themselves into knots trying to disassociate the culturally corrosive effects of their social policies from the events pictured here. But make no mistake about it, Americans of African descent did not do these sort of things, even during the worst of historical circumstances. Understand that, even during the worst days of Jim Crow, there was a significant percentage of Blacks who comported themselves with dignity, promoted the virtues of education for their children, and conducted themselves with honor, even in the face of open discrimination. But now, we have this, and as undefensilble as it is, there are many among the delusional progressive set who would either try to excuse away, or mark as an aberration, the events depicted here which have become the norm for a people debased into a condition more destructive to themselves than previously experienced during the worst days of Jim Crow.
Do you folks realize that "politically correct" Mc Donalds has a corporate webpage devoted exclusively for blacks..dispicable corporation. That beating victim will get 10's of millions from McD..Oh remember when blacks went on a suing spree against Dennys because they werent served fast enough..Oh yeah they paid blacks millions ..surely if McD's is such an unsafe restaurant for Whites they should pay big..Oh where is McD's own video?? No Video? Have to wait for Darnell to do it?Do't think so.
It is not explicit from the footage alone that ALL employees were involved in promoting this act of hateful violence. However severe disciplinary measures clearly need to be taken, those responsible accounted for, and dismissed under gross misconduct. The rest falls under federal battery and hate laws which I'm not familiar with, not being American, but standing by in shock and fear is NOT a reason to be convicted. Helping is heroic, and it is a valiant option to risk one's safety for another. It is not law to do so. It's simply decent and those doing so should be applauded. I wish more people would. Another thing worth noting is that I'm almost positive that McDonald's Training, if it's anything like other retail induction, will include instructing their employees NOT to endanger themselves and to alert the proper authorities who can deal with it under law. In situations like this, anyone risking themselves in breach of such employment safety 'contracts' are especially brave, in a world of tight litigation.
That is disgusting!! the creatures attacking her are disgusting and the people standing around are disgusting. I hope firstly that she is ok, obviously she's hurt so I wish her a speedy recovery, but I sincerely hope that the two attackers are locked up somewhere where they receive an equal, if not greater amount of violence on a daily basis, to remind them of why they are there!
i give up. the comments here have really opened my eyes about prevailing attitudes. if the comments here are a representative sample of america, i am saddened an appalled.
What do you mean - opened your eyes? Did you not previously know that law-abiding people are capable of reacting viscerally to the reality that certain protected races were left free to murder and maraud as sub-human animals?
You are "saddenned and appalled "? You should be very happy that there are still some of us left who would step in to save your pathetic self if you were taking a beating from punks. You should be very happy that some of us don't care about what is politically correct, but we do know right from wrong. You have it backwards.
Oh take your liberal PC crap and shove it up your ass. YOU are the problem!
YOU'RE the problem, you uncouth piece of shiat. Shove your own shiat up your ass.