“Whoop her a**!” shouted the woman to her daughter in video taken at the scene of a violent attack on a Kentucky fast food worker.
WHAS, Louisville’s Channel 11 reported that it’s unclear how the fight started, but the video clearly shows a woman urging her daughter on, then blocking people’s attempts to intervene in the beating.
“Don’t you touch my daughter!” she said.
“That video is one of many incidents that happen that we never see in the public eye,” said anti-violence expert Christopher 2X of the nonprofit group Heal the Children.
“They grew up in that generation that this is the way you settle a dispute,” 2X said, explaining that, unfortunately, there is a growing trend of parents involving themselves in their children’s disputes, leading to escalating levels of violence.
“It’s big,” Christopher 2X said. Assaults like the one captured in the video “are not necessarily rare anymore.”
The restaurant employee called police, but by the time they arrived, the fight had ended and the mother and daughter fled the scene.
McDonald’s issued a statement in the wake of the attack that said, “We are aware that an altercation took place at this restaurant between an employee and another individual who entered the restaurant, and no customers were harmed during the incident. As ensuring the safety of our customers and employees is paramount, we are reviewing the footage and working with appropriate parties to determine any necessary course of action. At present, it appears this altercation was the result of a personal dispute, and while we continue to gather more information, we ask the public to please reserve judgment until the facts about this incident are known.”
Watch video about this story, embedded below via WHAS, Channel 11: