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April 24, 2011

Rosedale McDonald's beating goes viral, victim speaks out

A transgender woman beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald's spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was "definitely a hate crime" and that she's been afraid to go out in public ever since.

"They said, 'That's a dude, that's a dude and she's in the female bathroom,' " said Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who said she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. "They spit in my face."

A worker at the restaurant taped Monday's attack and created a graphic video that went viral last week. After the video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on websites, McDonald's issued a statement condemning the incident, and on Saturday the worker who taped the incident was fired.

The video shows two females — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.
Posted by Justin Fenton at 10:41 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Baltimore County


what happen to the girls that beat the trans gender. im in long beach calif... thank you!!

A 14 year old was charged as a juvenile and a yet-to-be-identified-by-police 18 year old has charges pending.

this kind of thing should not go answered !! those employees should be fired not one of them even suggested calling police !!! that girl should charge those girls and sue MCDONALDS !!! it is pretty sad when the only person to stand up was an old lady !

Now, I know why the Colts left Baltimore.

Classy. Instead of taping the incident and sharing it with police, the low-rent McDonald's employee tapes the incident, edits it, and posts it online for fun and notoriety. I do hope youtube takes the video down; I didn't think the terms of service allowed video of a crime of violence being committed to be posted.

Evidently, the man in question has a long rap sheet for male prostitution and public disturbances, among other things.

Pardon me for not being politically correct, but it seems to me 14 year old girls, visting family oriented restaurants, shouldn't have to tolerate being oggled by cross dressed male prostitutes in the ladies' room. Why, pray tell, would any right thinking person find that to be okay?

Furthermore, in viewing the video, the altercation didn't seem to escalate until the male prostitute got a choke hold on the throat of the little girl.

I don't care how you spin it. I don't believe cross dressed male prostitutes belong in the girls' bathroom and I don't believe they should strangle little girls who object to it.

typical blacks getting away with another crime.

symbolic/interactive model says mr. "Anon" hereon, regarded as 'coward' is attempting to spin the situation.

Coward, present some sources. Your points are without any support and therefore are quite objectionable.

It's really sad what this world has come to. I think that if you know you are equipped with male body parts, it's probably best to use the men's restroom, HOWEVER, this assault is totally uncalled for.

I agree that McDonald's should be sued as well, but all of these attackers should be behind bars! There is just no excuse for this type of hate!

Get a grip already! If you don't like someone else's lifestyle, don't like it! It sure doesn't give the right to assault somebody else with those lifestyles.

The 14-yr old girl gets off that easy because she's a minor, really?? Wow!
Whether transgender or not, if the assailants were somewhat educated, they would realize the transgender woman has her own issues and it really is not about them at all.
So what if she used the women's bathroom, after all there are doors on the stalls aren't there in America?
Shame on every single person sitting in McDonald's watching and doing nothing.
HELLO FOLKS! It's called "gang warfare" and if everyone in McDonald's did their part by inervening at the same time, this would not have gone on at all. Or how about this: Call 911 - what a concept.

I do not agree with violence no matter how much I disagree with a person's lifestyle. But, apparently, the transgender went into the ladies bathroom. That totally would freak me out and I would be offended because at the end of the day, he is a man. If a man dressed up like a lady and went into the ladies room, everyone would be offended. Same thing to me-he is a man who "thinks" he is a woman. He does not have a right to go into the women's restroom.

1 May 2011

McDonald's Restaurant 7276
6315 Kenwood Ave.
Rosedale, MD 21237

Re: Attack at Baltimore County McDonald's on 18 April 2011,

The McDonald's representatives stood by and were heard mocking and laughing at the brutal beating of Chrissy Lee Polis. The man taking the video gave the attackers motivations of perverse fame. If the intervening individual was not secretly enjoying the beating, pretending to want them to stop, then he, with inept authority and an inability to take charge, invited further attacks by inflaming the situation with incompetence and weakness. They all are responsible, and they are McDonald's.

The lack of quality in McDonald's hiring standards, training, and follow-up is where this company is neglectful. With $25 billion in profits last year, McDonald's cannot afford much of anything and certainly not responsibility for its safety, training, and competence.

When she attempted to defend herself, the thugs, a large 14-year-old and 18-year-old, Teonna Monae Brown, ganged beat her. They were not merely kicking and punching her face and head, they were stomping her skull into the restaurant's tile floor.

McDonald's responded and would have us believe: "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and employees in our restaurants," but the truth is nothing—including the safety of a few—is more important to McDonald's than its profits.

Maryland's Atty. Gen. Douglas F. Gensler and State’s Atty. Scott D. Schellenberg should charge McDonald's and Mitchell McPherson, the franchise owner, for neglect of duties to the city, county, and state. The law should find the others imprisoned for the rest of their lives for their brutality and complicity. Lastly, such cavalier behavior by McDonald's would not have occurred under the historical corporate charter system that once governed the health of our states.

Joseph C. Carbone III

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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