Man Charged With Tattooing a Child in McDonald's

A man has been charged after allegedly tattooing a child inside a McDonald's restaurant in South Carolina.

Brandon Presha, 28, was arrested on Tuesday after a video posted on social media showed a juvenile being tattooed inside the restaurant on Fleming Street in Laurens.

Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore told WYFF that the incident took place on August 6. The police department was alerted the following day after some detectives were tagged in posts on social media, she said.

Latimore said Presha, who is not a licensed tattoo artist, was identified as the person giving the tattoo to the juvenile. "It was an absolutely disgusting display," Latimore added.

She said she wasn't aware if Presha had tattooed anyone at the restaurant before, but said "he looked pretty comfortable."

Latimore said the owners of the McDonald's restaurant had only bought the business a couple of months ago.

"It's really tragic that this was going on inside this newly remodeled business, because the new owners were trying to bring our McDonald's back to life," she said. "After the crimes were discovered, the owners quickly came in and worked with law enforcement to make sure something like this never happens again."

In a statement to Newsweek, the owner of the McDonald's branch said: "In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers and employees.

"The conduct reported is not in line with the values of our organization or in line with our expectations for how restaurants should be run. We are investigating the incident and will take appropriate action to ensure that my restaurant is both a safe place for my employees to work and for my customers to enjoy."

Police investigated the incident with the help of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to ensure no safety or environmental laws were broken, Latimore added.

Brandon Presha
Brandon Presha was charged after allegedly tattooing a juvenile in a South Carolina McDonald's restaurant.. Laurens County Sheriff’s Office

In a statement, a DHEC spokesperson explained that the department refers complaints about unlicensed tattoo facilities to law enforcement.

"This is because DHEC does not have statutory authority to take action against unlicensed tattoo facilities. State law limits DHEC's authority to take action on a license and impose monetary penalties on the licensed tattoo facilities," the statement said.

Presha, of Laurens, is charged with illegal tattooing and tattooing a person under 18 years of age, according to online records from the Laurens County Sheriff's Office.

He remains in the Laurens County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

The Laurens Police Department has been contacted for further comment.

A McDonald's fast food restaurant in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Robert Alexander/Getty Images