Community groups pull support from West Village McDonald's
Community members in the West Village aren't lovin' the fistfights that have besieged the McDonald's on West 3rd Street and are calling for a boycott of the location until it cleans up its act.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn helped to pass out fliers with members of Community Board 2 and the Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association on Monday, demanding that the fast-food restaurant "start acting like a good neighbor now!"
"They need to think about additional [security] personnel and training their employees," Community Board 2 Chairman Brad Hoylman told amNewYork.
He added that Quinn's office and community groups hope to sit down with the McDonald's franchisee next week.
The "last straw," community members said, was a March 17 incident posted to YouTube that featured young men brawling outside of the restaurant.
Other high-profile attacks include an alleged beating of a gay man outside of the McDonald's in March 2011 and two women jumping a worker behind the counter last October.
The employee used a metal rod against the pair in self-defense, a grand jury found.
Community members are also calling for the McDonald's to shorten its hours of operation and work more closely with the NYPD.
The restaurant's franchise owner, Carmen Paulino, said in a statement that the restaurant has contracted security personnel on Wednesdays through Saturdays since last summer, and is open to further discussions with police and the community.
"The safety of my employees and customers will always be a priority. I am committed to doing the right thing," Paulino said.