(CNN) – A dramatic fight between a customer and overnight manager at a McDonald’s in Minneapolis was caught on camera.
The beat-down happened early Tuesday morning in the drive-thru.
PIO John Elder of the Minneapolis Police says, “This is a person who may have been under the influence of substances, who just became irate with the manager at the restaurant and acted out physically.”
The victim, 22-year-old Bernard Robinson, claims the customer spit on him. Robinson told WCCO by telephone that he was fighting for his life. He says the man, 31-year-old Medhat Feshir, was pulling his tie so tight that he thought he would black out.
Josh McConouhey saw the fight. “If someone’s trying to pull you out the window, you’re stopping yourself like this, if he would have pulled him onto the ground, he would have hit his face on the ground.”
He says the video tells half the story. He says the aggressive customer confronted the manager after the camera stopped recording. “The guy was like, ‘Come on!’ He was drunk and he was talking a lot of junk.”
By this time, McConouhey says everyone inside the McDonald’s was outside trying to diffuse the situation. He says Feshir got into it with others and was actually on his back after another fight, when police arrived to take him into custody. “His head came up for a little bit and his body said no and he just fell back.”
Feshir is charged with fifth degree assault.
Robinson declined treatment. Police say he has some bumps and bruises but should recover.
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