Woman assaulted in Pittsburgh McDonald's brawl says restaurant and manager did nothing to intervene

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A plaintiff who says she was assaulted in a fight at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh, has initiated legal action against the restaurant, its owner, parent company and an unidentified female manager in response to the incident.

Christina M. Adams of Oakdale filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on July 5 versus Malik Food, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Iftikhar A. Malik of Baden, McDonald’s USA, LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. (all doing business as “McDonald’s”) and an unidentified Jane Doe, also of Pittsburgh.

Adams avers she and a friend entered the McDonald’s restaurant at 148 North Euclid Avenue for dinner and after receiving their order, both went to the outside seating area to eat. Within moments of taking their seats, Adams says she and her friend were violently assaulted by several individuals, some of whom were thought to be employees of the McDonald’s restaurant.

Adams stated she escaped back inside the restaurant to seek the help of store management and explained to Doe that her friend was being assaulted by a group of people outside, including restaurant employees, and requested her intervention or to call the police.

Doe supposedly smiled and laughed, claiming Adams’s friend deserved the beating they received because they allegedly stole a coupon book from the restaurant, and said she would not call the police or prevent the further assault of Adams and her friend.

When she went back outside, someone said in reference to Adams, “That’s the snitch right there”, and launched a blow that knocked Adams unconscious. When Adams awoke, she says she felt pain all over her body (especially in her jaw) and saw the assailants were continuing their attack, laughing and taking cell phone photos of the assault.

Adams alleges the numerous injuries and broken jaw she received in the assault left her unable to speak or talk for several weeks, and required surgery to correct.

For multiple counts of negligence, negligent entrustment, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress and vicarious liability, the plaintiff is seeking damages in an amount above the Court’s jurisdictional limit, costs of suit, pre- and post-judgment interest, punitive damages, compensatory damages, lost wages and any and all other equitable and legal relief the Court deems just and proper, in addition to a trial by jury.

The plaintiff is represented by David M. Romanow, Richard L. Manilla and Ismail N. Yousef of Romanow Law Group, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-008462

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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