Cook says will sue McDonald's over attack

Dec. 5, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A cook who used a metal pole to smack two female customers who attacked him at a New York City McDonald's says he's going to sue the fast-food restaurant.

Rayon McIntosh, 31, who served 11 years in prison for manslaughter, said he feared for his life when the two rowdy women lunged over the counter Oct. 13, the New York Daily News reported.

"My life was in danger," McIntosh told the Daily News. "Females do murder men. ... I displayed a lot of patience. I was in fear for my life."

The episode started when he questioned their $50 bill. He said the women not only repeatedly used vulgar language, they spit on him and slapped him.

A surveillance camera caught the entire incident and shows McIntosh hitting the women with a 3-foot steel pole, fracturing one woman's skull.

"I wasn't trained to handle that kind of situation," McIntosh said. "I think I was patient."

McIntosh was arrested on felony assault charges and was jailed for seven weeks. He was freed Friday after a Manhattan grand jury refused to indict him and prosecutors dropped the charges.

"I do plan on bringing a civil suit against McDonald's for putting me in danger. If a security guard would have been there, this wouldn't have happened."

Franchise owner Carmen Paulino said the location take safety serious and has long had private security workers on Friday and Saturday nights at the location.

"First let me say that I, along with my employees, are happy for Rayon and that he was released and cleared of all charges," Paulino said.

McIntosh said he only took the job at McDonald's to support his young daughter.

I'm not a monster," he insisted. "I'm a people person."

"I hope we do learn something from this. You can't just go around bullying people and then spitting on someone."

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