NYC Crime: McDonald’s employee shot in neck throughout dispute in Brooklyn

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) — A 23-year-old McDonald’s employee was shot in the neck during a dispute over food in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

The employee got into an argument – or tried to intervene in a dispute – with a woman over food inside the restaurant around 7pm on Monday.

Officers say the 40-year-old customer complained that his fries were cold to the victim who was working behind the counter.

As the argument escalated, she called her 20-year-old son on FaceTime who went to the restaurant to confront the worker himself.

Police say he saw the employee outside and pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once.

He was hit in the neck and taken to Brookdale University Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The woman’s 20-year-old son was taken into custody at the scene and is being questioned.

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The victim does not appear to be related to the suspect or his mother.

The shooting has similarities to several recent incidents of violence against fast food restaurant workers.

In May, a McDonald’s worker was stabbed several times by protecting other employees from a failed customer in East Harlem.

And in January, 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves he was fatally shot during an armed robbery inside a Burger King in East Harlem.

At least one resident told Eyewitness News that customers often take fast food workers for granted, and they need to do better.

“Let’s be kinder to each other,” said Lilo Mitchell.

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