A TikTok sparked a debate about child discipline and customer service after a McDonald’s employee shared video of herself in a verbal altercation with young customers.
In a video posted June 3, user Lasia, a 16-year-old who works at McDonald’s, urges a group of four children to leave after seeing employees yelling at them.
@lasiatanee Tiktok took it down so I’m putting it back up 🙄#fyp #funny #badkidsclub ♬ Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush
A kid in a blue baseball cap who looks like a teenager yells at employees and says, “Bitch, ass,” before Lasia replies, “Fuck it, what’s wrong with you?” She tells the kids, “Get out of here “.
“Why the hell are you being so weird?” Lasia asks the kids as they head for the door while continuing to yell at the staff.
As the kids slowly leave the restaurant, Lasia asks them why they’re still at McDonald’s. The kid in the blue baseball cap says he and his friends can’t go outside because of the rainy weather.
“Yeah, the hell you can stand in the damn rain,” Lasia tells them.
As the group continues to stand in the doorway, Lasia threatens to slap the instigating child.
“My mom’s right there, I don’t give a shit. I’m going to jail today,” says Lasia.
In a subsequent video, Lasia says the group of kids got into trouble at the restaurant before.
“These guys have a history in our job,” says Lasia. “So they really shouldn’t be in there.”
Lasia says she arrived for her shift around 6pm when she first encountered the children at a door as she entered the restaurant.
“The little boy in front kept trying to hold me and he held the door open, he said, ‘You have to go to the other side,'” says Lasia. “I said, ‘Bitch, I’m not going to the other side. Bitch, I’m going through that door. Bitch, I work here. What the hell are you doing?'”
Lasia says the verbal altercation escalated when one of the children picked up her phone.
“I got angry then. I was angry. I was really pissed off, so I started recording,” says Lasia.
The original video has been viewed 1.8 million times as of Tuesday, with many commenters commenting on the interaction.
“I personally would never let her scream like that around me,” one person wrote.
Another wrote: “Honestly I would have stopped right away.”
Several users criticized the behavior of the children.
“That’s what happens when you don’t discipline your kids. You navigate the world without fear of consequences!” wrote one commenter.
“Their moms and dads parent shows,” wrote another.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Lasia via TikTok comment and Instagram direct message and to McDonald’s for comment.
Today’s top stories
*Initial publication: June 14, 2022 at 6:03 p.m. CDT
Melina Khan is a New England-based journalist and editorial intern at the Daily Dot. Her work has previously been featured on The Day, The Quinnipiac Chronicle and more than 30 NBC affiliates across the country.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/children-yelling-mcdonalds/ Children yell at McDonald’s workers, sparking debate