Two people have been arrested in connection with a fight at McDonald's that was caught on video Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa that has since gone viral.
Des Moines police arrested Valerie Shepherd, 21, and Jesse James Downs, 24, on Tuesday.
According to the Des Moines Register, Shepherd, along with two men, went to a McDonald's and ordered McChicken sandwiches. The trio were reportedly hungry and upset about the wait time, according to a police report. McDonald's employees told police that Shepherd started yelling that she wanted either her food or her money back.
"Give me my (expletive)!" Shepherd can be heard shouting in a video recorded by a customer in the drive-thru.
The manager handed Shepherd the McChicken she ordered, but Shepherd threw the sandwich back in the manager's face. The two men with Shepherd approached the counter and an employee tried to dial 911, but Shepherd allegedly knocked the phone out of her hand and punched her, according to the Des Moines Register. Shepherd then hopped up on the counter. As many as nine people were involved in the altercation, with staff and the two men in addition to others trying to separate Shepherd and the McDonald's manager. Employees told police they believed Shepherd was intoxicated.
According to USA Today, two employees were shoved during the altercation, but nobody was hospitalized for injuries.
Both Shephard and Downs been charged with assault causing injury and disorderly conduct, the Des Moines Police Department posted on its Facebook page. Police credited tips from the public for the arrests.
[Polk County Jail]