McDonalds’ Super Sized Hate At Ground Zero

From http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trans-Panthers-Party-For-Self-Defense/204463842921058

By Arianna Kitti
4/24/2011

Reposted with permission

McDonalds and especially some of it’s employees strike it big again this time.


(While Arianna’s post replayed the video I am not going to rerun it out of consideration to Chrissy Lee Polis.  We’ve seen it and that is enough.)

” “Where am I supposed to go??”
The plaintive cry of a transwoman in between savage beatings as two teen girls in Baltimore respond to her mere presence with extreme violence. It seems this individual, who is clearly presenting as female, regardless of her personal identity or legal sex, attempted to use the bathroom deemed socially appropriate for her at the time.”

From “The Human Eye”
http://smu-humaneye.blogspot.com/2011/04/savage-beating-of-transgender-woman.html

A woman of transsexual or transgender experience, walked into a locally owned and operated franchise of the sprawling McDonalds fast food empire. Her simple intentions were to possibly get some food and use the bathroom, but what transpired next, turned out to be a tragic abusive, inhuman orgy of transphobic esctasy. It would also be an evening where several Mcdonalds employees exposed their base predatory selves, as they facilitated and mocked the merciless beating of Chrissy Lee Polis. One employee, Vernon Hackett, laughing hysterically, recorded the assault for fun, while the other shift employees stood by watching as well. They not only verbally (and by action or inaction) disrespected her gender identity, they egged the 2 teen girls on! They excitedly exclaimed: “It’s a man! Beat it’s ass, kill the thing”. The shift manager stood by as well… entertained for several minutes, until he made 2 weak attempts to shoo the girls away and sqeaking out the word “stop!” He then joined in the facillitation of violation and humilation of the woman, by encouraging the savages to get away before the police arrived and acting as a look out. By the way, the Baltimore PD was not seriously contacted until 17 minutes after the attack began.

We are then further treated to more wonderful displays of humanity as our ace videographer Vernon, continues to record the suffering of the victim as she goes into a seizure, spitting up the blood from her internal injuries. We can clearly see the shift manager walking around amused and slightly curious, staring down at Chrissy as she helplessly convulses as a result of several kicks and blows to the head. One employee was more concerned about having to clean up her blood and dime store hair extensions that were pulled out her head, than about her welfare or her life, yes quite lovely.

Sure, these “human” girls were initially worried about Chrissy speaking 3 – 4 words to one of their boyfriends (“Not now, but thanks”), as she made her way to the womens restroom -but the perpatrators and employees who supported their actions, were angry about that, when they perceived her to be transgender or transsexual, that’s what helped to fuel the raging attack upon her.

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun yesterday, Polis says before she was attacked, one of the teens said Polis was a “man” using the women’s restroom and accused Polis of “talking to her man.”

Our fearless video person decides to upload the crime to UTube, allowing it to go viral. The dilemma here is that on the one hand, we are fortunate that this video exists, because it is alomst unimpeachable criminal evidence in and of itself. yet on the other hand, it is a tool of oppression, stigmatization and humilation, created and spread around by an ignorant creep.

Chrissy Lee has been released from the hospital, after she was listed in fair ccondition. But now understandably, she is too terrified to leave her house. Yet, here’s where the abuse continues: the police and media have not only disrespected her privacy and especially her identity, by portraying her as a “cross dressing male” in blaring headlines and police released to the public, they have also displayed her past record of minor criminal offenses, including charges of prostitution which of course she had engaged in, in order to simply survive, eat and get beaten at greasy places like the Rosedale, MD Mcdonalds franchise. Of course she worked the street, because no one would hire her, just because she is transsexual/transgender and possibly did not “fit” American society’s backward, narrow idea of what is “female” or “male”.

The McDonalds franchise where this horrible event occured and the corporation of McDonalds are definitely responsible in this case because of what’s called: “Premise Security Liability” which is a civil action where a landlord or property manager can be legally held liable for injuries inflicted during a violent criminal attack committed on the rental or store property under premises liability law.

Maryland as a state, has an implicitly implied set of codes that specifically addresses this:
‎”Shopping mall owners and operators may be held responsible for the parking lots and common areas such as bathrooms. **Businesses may be held responsible for incidents happening within their stores**. Banks may be held liable for incidents occurring at their ATM machine or lobbies.”

Since the McDonalds franchise located in Baltimore (specifically in it’s subcommunity of Rosedale), is considered a “satellite” business unit of the main corporation, it is an economic “arm” that represents it. The same code of Premise Security Liability applies to McDonalds Coporate, they had to request permission from the Baltimore city, county and state, to operate. Therefore, McDonalds Coporate is responsible for contributing to the safety of it’s customers in that area. Now a legal counsel for McDonalds and relevant franchise can make an argument called: “Comparative Fault” stating that the injured person was partially at fault for what happened. But in this case, there was very clear evidence that the victim did not have that much control over what happened to her. Also, the criminal nature of the documented assault, will help her case as well.

This is a general overview of Premises Liability:
http://injury.findlaw.com/personal-injury/personal-injury-a-z/premises-liability.html?DCMP=KNC-Slip-&-Fall&HBX_PK=premise+liability+law&HBX_OU=50

Exactly one week before the hate crime beating, the Maryland Senate effectively killed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Bill, also known as HB 235, which would have protected transgender people in housing, banking, and employment. While the bill would have had no direct impact on this incident, the Maryland Senate sent Maryland citizens a strong message by killing the bill. Nontheless, the past bill still had no protections for public accomodations, such as public restrooms.

This is the “Emmett Till” moment or Ground Zero for trans people and allies. Sorry I had to say that, but if you can recall some history involving the civil rights movement, he was a 14 year old boy who went to visit relatives near Money, Mississippi in 1955. He was kidnapped, continuosly severely beaten, eye gouged out and then shot to death, accused of making a pass at a white woman. This crime of Human Rights became a spark for widening and further igniting that movement. The story about Emmett Till rapidly spread across the states (and several places around the world); An image of what happened to him was very clear and available for the world to see, just like this case. The Emmett Till crime woke many people up, illuminating the condition of oppression against a group of people.

McDonalds seriously needs to review, update and sincerely enforce their diversity and antidiscrimination policies right on down to the newest employees.

We hope and pray for Chrissy Lee Polis, we must reach out to her with love and full compassionate support to let her know that she is not alone, people care about her and that all are not darkness personified.

There is a rally and vigil against hate, scheduled for this Monday April 25th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm to be held under the “golden arches” at 6315 Kenwood Ave in Rosedale, MD:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216999991659946

Also another rally, Stand Up Against Hate! Will be held on Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm, to be held at the same McDonalds location on the public side of the sidewalk adjescent to it:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000947503360#!/event.php?eid=110187879067417

To join the boycott:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-McDonalds-for-Bashing-Our-Transgender-Family/181080638606858

Please sign the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-that-the-employees-on-duty-at-mcdonalds-be-held-responsible-in-the-beating-of-a-trans-woman

To file a complaint with McDonalds Corporate:
2111 McDonalds Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone # 1-800-244-6227
Fax: (630) 623-8843

2 Responses to “McDonalds’ Super Sized Hate At Ground Zero”

  1. Teresa Reeves Says:

    A Hate Crime Served Up On a Video Platter at McDonalds!

    Welcome to McDonald’s ! How may I diss you?

    “You deserve a break today!.. Like a fractured McRib ?”
    “No thanks, I’ve already taken several Quarter Poundings!”

    “Chicken McNuggets?”
    “I’d like to kick the chickens**t videographer, in his!”

    “You want fries with that?”
    “Yeah, I’d like to fry those nasty bitches in hot oil!”

    “Hot apple pie?”
    “Yes I ‘d like to give it to the manager in a very special place.
    Have him bend over and assume the position!”

    “Anything else I can get for you?”

    “Tell everybody at Mickey D’s
    that I am going out to have a suit made! A Lawsuit!

    Supersize Me!! About 7 Figures to start with!
    I’m Gonna Up My Income! And You All Can Up Yours!”

    I’m Lovin’ It!!”

  2. Teresa Reeves Says:

    After I’ve just gotten a lot of my outrage and anger out–

    Friday, April 22, the horrifying video of the attack on Chrissy at McDonald’s came to me– and the attack on her seemed like it lasted forever–and when I saw her on the floor having the seizure I was afraid that we were witnessing her murder.

    This video is the ultimate proof that the scare tactics used to derail our public accommodations rights in Maryland and elsewhere based on the fears of us as “perpetrators” using restrooms is so far from the truth. We are far more likely to be attacked for trying to use the bathroom, as this video shows, than we are likely to be an attacker.

    Because there is no public accommodations law for us in Maryland, do the assailants have an affirmative defense based on “trans-panic”
    fear and justifiable “self-defense”? The videographer posted the video as if two young women fought against a man invading the women’s room? Will the attackers be prosecuted to the full extent of the law since it does not afford accommodation protection for us? And the videographer, will he be prosecuted as an accessory to attempted murder? And all those who egged on, aided and abetted a Hate Crime! This woman was bleeding and suffering a seizure. Thank got that one woman, a customer, not an employee intervened. It may have saved her life! Chrissy certainly knew what she had done and was so grateful. We’re fortunate that they didn’t try to strip her clothes off in order “prove” that she was a “man”!

    Will McDonald’s fire their employees and correct their policies where they failed to intervene and aided a hate crime that could have been stopped? Could not they and other national restaurant chains do the right thing and establish their own inclusive accommodation policy if they really want and respect their Trans and even L G B customers? And will they pay to provide for her immediate health and safety needs now, so that she not have to be afraid to live in a neighborhood or a city where she is afraid to go outside after her viral exposure, public outing, injuries and degradation by their own employees?

    Will Maryland or any other states enact Hate Crime legislation that includes trans people in the future? I was initially opposed to Hate Crime enhancements, because they act on the assumption that one class of victims has suffered more than others for the same level of violence. Or that the lives and well being of one class of victims is valued more than another.

    But in practice the enactment of these laws has a different impact.
    In 2010, Washington State was considering a Hate Crime Enhancement for homeless people who were victims of crime. But until such laws are enacted, the deaths and violent crimes against homeless people went unnoticed, were unreported in the local news and often uninvestigated by the police and coroner’s offices. Hate Crime Enhancement compels people to care, to take action, to investigate and prosecute. And results in policies implemented by police, corporations and legislation that educates and mandates the fair treatment of those once invisible and in the end may prevent the kind of horrific incident we have just witnessed. And homeless people or trans people might be allowed the timely and life saving care they need, instead of someone waiting forever before calling the police or medical assistance, and having them arrive 17 minutes or more later than they should.

    No, unfortunately, if a trans-inclusive accommodation or employment nondiscrimination law beyond HB 235 had been enacted a few weeks ago in Maryland– it would not have prevented this near tragedy. But if such laws and/or an Enhanced Hate Crimes laws been enacted for trans people instead of being stripped in 2001 to benefit gays, lesbians and bisexuals only, what influence might it have had upon the 4 year old and 8 year old girls accused today and upon the company training and regulations at McDonald’s throughout Maryland.

    Will McDonald’s, any other restaurant in Maryland and also fast food restaurants everywhere respond to a boycott that demands that we, their customers be respected and allowed to feel safe eating there and using their facilities? Would this boycott succeed at making real changes to policy and deliver an accommodations law in Maryland and everywhere else where we may not feel safe to go?

    And would McDonald’s learn their lesson through at least a 7 figure judgment in a civil suit? And be willing to settle promptly and not prolong Chrissy’s suffering one minute longer? She deserves dignity, respect and peace of mind. And some long green would go a long way to make her well and happy again and ensure that this can never happen again to one of us in a place that serves something called a “Happy Meal”!

    But until McDonald’s takes its responsibility seriously and does the right thing, I am never going to eat in any McDonald’s again.
    Because… I’m Not Lovin’ It!!


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