Speaker Quinn Calls For Boycott Of West Village McDonald’s After Violent Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling for a boycott of a West Village McDonald’s, saying the restaurant has been a hot bed of violence and its management has not done enough to stop it.

The location on West 3rd Street has seen a rash of violent incidents over the last few years.  On March 17, a large fight erupted on the sidewalk outside the restaurant that featured plenty of tackling, choking and kicking.

“Most McDonald’s all across our city are decent, quality businesses.  This one is not, which speaks to the individual proprietor, not the corporate model and the proprietor can change that in a heart beat,” Quinn told 1010 WINS on Monday.

Last October, the same McDonald’s was the scene of a violent incident involving two female customers and a male cashier.  The two women were seen jumping over the counter after some sort of dispute before the cashier grabbed a metal rod and struck the women.  No charges were filed because a grand jury said the cashier acted in self-defense.

“If the owner is listening, I would just ask the owner ‘Why don’t you want to keep Greenwich Village safe?’ [and] ‘Why are you willing to make money off of the residents and tourists of Greenwich Village, but not willing to take basic steps to keep them safe?'” Quinn said.

Quinn said she wants the McDonald’s to hire off-duty NYPD officers as security guards to help police potential incidents.

Carmen Paulino, who runs the McDonald’s franchise, said she is “committed to doing the right thing.”

“As part of the West Village community, we fully recognize and understand the need for neighborhood security to ensure the safety of residents and guests. To do our part, we’ve had contract security personnel on-site Wednesday through Saturday since last summer,” she said.

Paulino went on to add that she has had “many conversations with the NYPD” and said she would continue the discussion as it was “an issue that affects the entire neighborhood.”

Quinn, meanwhile, said the establishment “has become a real quality of life and violence problem in the neighborhood.”

Paulino said she will ask fellow business owners in the community to join the discussion with the community board to ensure safety.

Have you ever visited this particular McDonald’s?  What do you make of Quinn’s call for a boycott? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • mack

    Are you serious this lady should find the cause of the problem which is the drugs and hoods in the area and not point a finger to the easiest target.

  • Mikeybklyn

    Would you really want to eat actual food from that shthole in the first place?

  • NYCsewer

    Ms Quinn please use yu tong for your girlfriend we do not need you to save us

  • mj



    CHRISTINE QVEER FOR MAYOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mak

    This woman wants to be mayor?!?!?

    How about cleaning up the neighborhood of the skells that hang out there?

    I always vowed to never vote for Ms. Quinn because she caved on the term limits which set the path for Bloomberg to be put back in office. This latest baloney coming out of her mouth only furthers my resolve.


  • gotacomment

    I’m still boycotting McDonald’s, all of them, because this manager has not reinstated the employee who acted in defending himself and other employees against the two savages who attacked the night supervisor and him. However, I can’t see how she can be blamed because there’s an infestation of thugs and hood rats in the area. Where, indeed, are the cops that our taxes pay for?

  • Alan

    I call on everyone to boycott Quinn that mandykish thing who will NEVER be married legally no matter what the state legislature says.

  • Jerky

    Maybe if the NYPD wasn’t so busy “protecting” Union Square from a few protesters with 50-100 cops per night (making nice overtime…..thanks Unions!), they could spare a few officers to actually do police work. But given the NYPD is now a security arm of Bloomberg, Kelly, JPMorgan, and Citi, I highly doubt they’ll start doing anything useful in the near future…..

  • John Ghead

    Is she for real!!!??? Maybe the reason it’s gone to HELL is because of WHO hangs out in that neighborhood now!? I worked on that street for years, and hung out there even longer, and there were never any real problems until about 10 years ago when thugs and the “hood” began hanging out there!
    So why on earth should the owner of the McDonald’s be responsible for this? This is absurd, and leads me to ask, “Where does it end?” I personally know that certain clubs have constant fights going on, what about them? I know of certain bars that ALWAYS have problems with fighting, etc, so what about them?
    This is about as dumb an idea/request by a “politician” I have ever heard!
    Yeah, THAT restaurant has become a problem in that area? Lady, either you are full of it, or you’re really showing how blind you’ve been for YEARS! Get a grip on reality!

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