Report: Much-Maligned Greenwich Village McDonald’s To Get Off-Duty Cops

Restaurant Was Site Of 2 Highly-Publicized Violent Incidents In Recent Months

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — After several highly-publicized problems at the McDonald’s on West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village, a solution may finally be in the works.

Police, community leaders and the franchise’s owner have come up with a plan to close off some late-night seating and add off-duty officers at the location, according to a report in the Post.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Gets Reaction In Greenwich Village

Last October, the 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.

More recently, on St. Patrick’s Day, a large fight erupted on the sidewalk outside the restaurant that featured plenty of tackling, choking and kicking.

So would customers feel reassured by adding some security?  Some do, some don’t.

“I think off-duty cops anywhere could be pretty good. So I guess it could help resolve some problems or keep any from happening,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

“I clear out of this area before night falls,” one woman said.

Other customers defended the McDonald’s, saying its workers don’t control what happens outside.

“The staff is doing their job and they’re on the other side, so anything could happen outside here,” another man said.

Meanwhile, one sarcastic customer was sure he had pinpointed the real problem given the St. Patrick’s Day brawl.

“Probably that Shamrock Shake. I mean, it’s going to go away as soon as April comes,” he said.

The reported decision to add security comes just days after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for a boycott of the McDonald’s until something was done to prevent future incidents.

Please add your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • NYCsewer

    McDonalds food will give you cancer they have a deal with the US government they out a drug in the burgers

  • scared white boy

    eat in that mickey d’s or go to bed hungry…i choose hungry. too many crazy negroes waiting ro rob you are sell you “good sense” (weed for those not it the know)

  • Nicky

    The problem is that it is close to the Path Train, all the trash from New Jersey comes in from that area.

    • Amtracmarine

      It’s closer to the subway

    • John G Head

      Yeah right!!! It’s those Path commuters that ruined that area huh? I worked and hung out on that very block for close to 20 years and it all went dramatically downhill when all the “hood’s” and the “Urban Lesbian” Bullies started hanging out there! And please don’t even try to tell me otherwise!
      It really became a problem about 10-12 years ago, to the point where people started to stay away from all the shopping, clubs and restaurants on the side streets like MacDougald, Thompson and Sullivan.
      Terrible shame.

  • EMC

    That place has always been a nightmare.
    Whenever i am in that area, particularly if it is evening ,
    I cross the street.
    There is some unidentified energy that draws a “creepy”
    and dangerous atmosphere to the premises.

  • NYCsewer

    Just hire George Zimmerman he will clean it up with one bullet

blog comments powered by Disqus
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live