Vernon Hackett: McDonald's Employee Fired for Attack Video
Baltimore McDonald's Beating Video: Vernon Hackett Fired as Fight Footage Goes Viral
A vicious beating at a Baltimore McDonald's has landed the franchise in a PR firestorm. Two young women (ages 14 and 18) brutally beat a transgendered girl named Chrissy Lee Polis in a fight over use of the McDonald's bathroom. The girl was beaten for several minutes, and nobody in the restaurant did anything to help her.
Vernon Hackett, one of the McDonald's employees, filmed the fight on his cameraphone, and later posted the video to Youtube. Aside from the vicious beating, the video also shows the entire staff doing absolutely nothing to stop the attack; some employees can be heard laughing and telling the girls to flee the scene before the police arrive.
The two assailants may be facing hate crime charges if it can be proved that the attack was sparked by the fact that the victim was transgendered. Vernon Hackett was fired for filming the beating: was it because he filmed the beating per se, or because it depicts the McDonalds staff as unwilling to do anything to help the victim?
Some have pointed to this as a racist attack (the assailants were black, the victim white), but it can also bee seen as a homophobic attack- the women were angry that a man was ahead of them in the queue for the toilet.
At any rate, the only person in the Mickey D's who stands up to the two assailants is an old lady. The young men are just standing there. Vernon Hackett has since deleted his Youtube, Facebook and Twitter accounts, but the video lives on.
McDonalds Attack Video, Shot by Vernon Hackett