Fast Food Restaurants Are Public Accommodations

I’m just sayin’:

A video of a vicious beating at a Baltimore County McDonald’s restaurant went viral Friday, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on websites and prompting the fast-food giant to issue a statement condemning the incident.

The video shows two women — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching the 22-year-old victim in the head, as an employee of the Rosedale restaurant and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men appear to be standing idly by.

Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim’s head, and she appears to have a seizure. A man’s voice tells the women to run because police are coming.

The three-minute clip was apparently first posted on YouTube, then taken down by administrators who said it violated the site’s policies. But it popped back up on other sites and was ultimately linked from the popular Drudge Report, which gave it top billing for much of the day.

By early evening, the video had received more than 500,000 views on one site alone.

County police confirmed that the attack occurred April 18 in the 6300 block of Kenwood Ave. Police said the 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile, while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman.

The report classifies the attack as a “second degree assault” ….

Uh huh…

Yeh.

An attack that caused bleeding and a seizure?

Did Mickey D’s at least give her a free happy meal to go along with it?

And remember folks, the reason why transpeople in Maryland and elsewhere shouldn’t have public accommodations protections is because they might assault someone in the bathroom.

Other people are just sayin’ too.

And, of course, a usual suspect from another disgusting incident in Maryland does what usual suspects from that other disgusting incident in Maryland do:

Antidiscrimination laws do not protect individuals from violent attacks, and it’s foolish to suggest otherwise.

To be fair, there’s not much daylight between that observation and my long-held position that hate-crime laws don’t actually protect anyone.

Nevertheless, we don’t know what effect Maryland having a trans-inclusive, public accommodations-inclusive civil rights law for the last ten years might possibly have had on the attitudinal development of people who, ten years ago, were respectively four and eight years old, now do we?

Oddly enough, the only question I’m really left with is: Has Morgan Meneses-Sheets ever had to use the ladies’ room at that McDonald’s location?

17 Responses to Fast Food Restaurants Are Public Accommodations

  1. TransGriot says:

    Anybody feel like picketing a certain Mickey D’s at 6315 Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, MD?

    • Cathy Brennan says:

      Awww didn’t see you at the vigil last night.

      • Katrina Rose says:

        For someone who apparently doesn’t believe in the legitimacy of the internet, you sure do spend a lot of time on it.

        At the risk of speaking out of turn for Monica: I bet if the Gay Rights Industry™ recruited African-American (or, well, any for that matter) trans women with as much relevant activism experience as Monica has with the same ferocity as it recruits whites who have virtually no experience, Monica might have a beltway-esque address right now and would have been able to be there on-the-clock…

        you know, the way that the professional shills for HB235 were able to do their shilling for HB235, in contrast to those of us who had to be unfashionable and use what resources we have when we can access them instead of playing by the Official Book of Elite East Coast Lesbian Lawyer Etiquette™?

      • Kathleen says:

        Cathy Brennan 5 days ago in reply to Kat
        Nothing you say makes sense, lady. But this takes the cake.

        I am pledging here and now not to comment back to you, on anything, and not to talk to any of you, in any format other than the telephone.
        ========================

        Sad – we finally agreed on an action.

  2. Teresa Reeves says:

    This is all the more reason why
    we cannot live without Public Accommodations protection and even Hate Crimes legislation in Maryland and everywhere else.. It is not because a hate crime perpetrated against a transsexual or transgender person is worse than that against any other kind of person or that a trans person is worth more than any other person.

    It is because of an attack like this which could have been prevented by such a law imposing stiffer penalties that sometimes makes store owners, employees, the police and the general public take crimes which target us seriously when a woman suffers a seizure and is bleeding from being beaten while being laughed at and watched by McDonald’s employees. Subhuman scum who have turned this bloody event into a spectator sport cheering the attackers, failing to do the humane and decent thing to intervene and possibly aiding and abetting a murder in the name or racism, misogyny and transphobia while they use their camera phones to entertain their bloodlust and want to share it with their vulture friends on the internet.

    Or am I being just a little bit harsh? Our thoughts and prayers are with this woman today and hopefully she will recover from the seizure suffered after this horror had gone on much too long. She didn’t deserve the break today where she was close to being killed. And until McDonald’s does the right thing by its trans customers and pays out some multimillion dollar settlement on this atrocity and changes its policy. I say and we should all say:

    WE”RE NOT LOVIN’ IT! WE”RE BOYCOTTING MCDONALD’S AND EVERY RESTAURANT IN MARYLAND AND ELSEWHERE WHERE WE DON’T FEEL SAFE OR WELCOME! UNTIL YOUR POLICY CHANGES AND THE LAW CHANGES WE’RE DONE WITH YOU!

  3. Lita Kelley says:

    I saw the video on youtube, and it makes me angry.. I can’t believe that nobody in that McDonald’s did anything to stop the attack… disgusting, and disturbing… I’m so sick of hearing about tragedies such as this

    • Tallis says:

      two people did try to stop this…It wasn’t enough…everyone should have stopped this…But two people stepping in gave me hope. They ought to be awarded for heroism…whilst the other idjits are being arraigned.

  4. Tamara Jeanne Urban says:

    The brutal attack on this trans woman is shocking and horrific. As horrible as this is, I think that we may just been handed a potentially powerful tool and weapon that could be effectively used by us in our fight for equal rights. We now have graphic evidence that shows its trans people who are at great risk of assaults in the restrooms rather than cis-women or children. This video debunks the potty panic myth.

  5. Kerrie S says:

    What is the issue with bathrooms.. womens have a stall usually.
    And then one washes ones hands and leaves. Hopefully.
    The other problem I have is that intervention by others in the restaurant seems limited. Time for all of us to stand up and prevent the bullying and harassment of anyone.

  6. Why? says:

    Why did Equality Maryland rush to out this woman to the press? They they create this “cause” and now are spearheading some kind of half-hearted BS effort to look good. They can forget it, nobody should entrust their own interests to people outside of their immediate group. Trans people need to speak for themselves, we can’t trust the gay and lesbian lobby as far as we can throw them!

  7. Summer says:

    My point is…
    …the trans bashing incident in Maryland has been front page headline news throughout the LGBTI media for the last two days; PHB alone is dead silent on the issue.
    I can’t help but think this has a lot to do with PHB’s vocal support for HB 235 — this incident perfectly highlights the need for the exact public accommodations provisions which were removed from HB 235.
    by: Desiree @ Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 22:48:11 PM CDT
    [ Parent ]”
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    Roit

  8. […] Strangely enough, when I wrote this, I hadn’t yet heard of this. […]

  9. Summer says:

    A round of personal issues, on the House. For all who said public accomidations weren’t important.

    ///::::::::
    [ Parent ]
    That’s simply not true, Desiree.
    Personal issues have arisen that precluded blogging on this story as well as the Equality Maryland story.
    Unfortunately, this incident would have occurred had HB 235 passed, as well. Its passage, just like its failure, would have done nothing to preclude the need for public accommodations protections.

    As has been said before, if you care deeply about PA protections, go lobby those delegates who demanded they be removed from the bill. Educate the public about the need for such protections, because while that law will ultimately be passed, it will have limited impact until society learns to respect and cherish all its people.

    Dr. Dana
    by: danabeyer @ Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 23:56:56 PM CDT

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  11. motocross says:

    El comportamiento de estas dos jovenes dicen mucho de su personalidad. Otras muchas personas no son capaces de hacer ni la mitad o un poco de lo que han hecho estas dos agresoras. Asi seran de malas. Me gustaria opinion de personas que conocen o conocieron a ellas. SEGURO que hablarian mal de ellas.

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