Popeye's Manager Strikes Female Employee, Leaves Company 'Horrified': Video

A Popeyes employee is being criminally investigated and drawing widespread scrutiny after video showed him striking a female employee in the middle of a work shift.

The video was posted Monday on Twitter by user @freakymarko, captioned, "This Popeyes manager need to be arrested for putting his hands on a worker because she wanted to clock out."

Newsweek reached out to the individual to see if he filmed the incident.

The 48-second video has been viewed over 776,000 times, showing an argument between a male who is purportedly the manager at the Popeyes location and the female worker. It is unclear how the argument began.

It is difficult to construe all the words being said back and forth. The manager looks furious in the video, yelling at the employee who is holding a cellphone to her ear to continue working. She can be heard saying "I don't care" multiple times.

About 11 seconds into the captured video, the manager swings at the female's head, knocking the phone out of her hands. It draws another employee to intervene between the pair, with the manager sounding as if he wants to talk to the employee outside.

After being pushed out the work door into the restaurant, employees and even one patron are seen trying to calm the manager down.

"I don't give a f**k...I don't care, I will lose this job, I don't care," he says. "These kids are so disrespectful."

It was alleged that the employee is a teenager, but that information could not be verified.

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A sign hangs outside of a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. A recent incident reportedly occurred in Tallahassee, Florida, and involved a manager striking a female worker. Scott Olson/Getty Images

A spokesperson for Restaurant Brand International (RBI), the parent company of Popeyes, told Newsweek that the incident occurred at a Popeyes in Tallahassee, Florida.

Posts online instead referenced a police report of a male suspect from Georgia.

"We have been made aware of the video depicting the assault of a Popeyes restaurant team member, and we are absolutely horrified, like the rest of the public," the spokesperson told Newsweek. "Violence of any kind has no place in Popeyes restaurants."

A similar tweet was sent by Popeyes' Twitter account in reply to the account that posted the video.

The spokesperson also said that RBI confirmed with the franchisee of the location that the employee responsible for the assault was immediately terminated.

Due to a pending investigation, the spokesperson did not specify the age of the female employee who was assaulted. Newsweek reached out to the Tallahassee Police Department for comment.

"We are working with local authorities and the franchisee to ensure the impacted team member has the support she needs to fully recover," the spokesperson added.

Twitter Takes

One female Twitter user said in the replies that the men in the video were "wrong" for not defending the female employee.

"This (is) why you can't argue with overly emotional or feminine men, they'll attack you and most of them know other men around won't check their behavior," she said.

"They did defend her by removing him from the scene," a male user replied. "Or did y'all want them to physically assault him and get in trouble as well?"

Another male agreed that more could be done.

I know our healthy predisposition to mind our business and I love that for us," he said, "but the amount of men that didn't check him for putting hands on her isn't sitting right with me.
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"I know our healthy predisposition to mind our business and I love that for us," he said, "but the amount of men that didn't check him for putting hands on her isn't sitting right with me."

Violent incidents at Popeyes restaurants became somewhat ubiquitous in 2019, at the same time their popular chicken sandwich took the United States fast food market by storm.

As documented by WUSA9 in Washington D.C., incidents included a stabbing; juveniles jumping an older individual for no apparent reason; a worker and customer in San Antonio throwing plastic trays at each other during a dispute; one woman in Tennessee who went on a racist rant was later body-slammed in a parking lot; and one male customer in Florida was punched in the head by another male customer after his truck was rammed in the drive-thru line.

One incident in 2019 in Houston involved a customer pulling a gun on Popeyes employees when he reportedly discovered that the location had sold out of chicken sandwiches.