McDonald’s dispute turns sour when man goes on a rampage with an axe: video

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A man in New York was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly ransacked the inside of a McDonald’s restaurant, threatening customers while brandishing an axe.

Video of the Friday morning incident posted to Twitter by user @McgooShakes shows the man in an argument with fast food customers pushing them and then punching one of them. Then the group of three start punching him and eventually stop before there is a break in the altercation.

The man then takes a small ax out of his bag, smashes a table and approaches the man holding the weapon. He can then be seen breaking a glass barrier with the ax and slapping a customer seated at a table several times, until he falls to the ground.

Later, while talking to customers at this table, he uses the ax to smash the surface. He then leaves the restaurant on his bike.

In a statement to Newsweek On Saturday, the New York City Police Department said it identified the man as Michael Palacios, 31, who was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, three counts of threatening and two counts of criminal possession of ‘a weapon.

Police said they responded to the incident just before 2:30 a.m.

“Upon officers’ arrival, witnesses at the scene reported that the suspect had a physical argument with three unknown males inside the scene,” an NYPD spokesperson wrote in an email.

The spokesperson added: “The suspect pulled an ax from his backpack and threatened the unknown men. The suspect intentionally caused property damage to the establishment. The individual was taken into custody by responding officers A search incident to a lawful arrest, an additional knife was found in his backpack Victims reported no injuries.

Above, a person is seen outside a McDonald’s on May 28, 2021 in New York City. A man in New York was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly ransacked the inside of a McDonald’s restaurant, threatening customers while brandishing an axe.
Noam Galai

Other Dangerous Incidents at McDonald’s

Unfortunately, the fast food establishment is no stranger when it comes to dangerous incidents.

In January, police said a St. Louis County, Missouri woman shot a McDonald’s employee after an argument over a fries discount. The woman confronted the employee after they went out for a smoke break and allegedly hit the employee in the head with a gun before firing the gun.

Meanwhile, at a McDonald’s in Vermont in July, the restaurant had to be evacuated when an employee allegedly threw live ammunition at the restaurant’s grill. The employee allegedly removed ammunition from a handgun and threw three live ammunition at the grill causing an explosion. No one was injured in the incident.

Newsweek contacted McDonald’s for comment.

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