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Do Transgender People Need Protection?

If this doesn't answer that question with "YES!!" in your mind, you are a heartless douche.

Transgender Woman Severely Beaten at Baltimore McDonald's While Employees Watch

I am beyond furious right now.

Here is a petition to charge the employees who stood around and laughed/watched. The guy who filmed this is especially cuplable, although the video will be excellent evidence. But he bragged about posting it and made some nasty trans-phobic comments. He's since removed the YT channel. Think he might have an inkling he's in trouble??

http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-that-the-employees-on-duty-at-mcdonalds-be-held-responsible-in-the-beating-of-a-trans-woman

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pktaxwench
Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
While it's absolutely awful that people did that, nowhere in McDonald's employee employment agreement does it state that breaking up fights is part of the job. Workers comp does not cover injuries incurred breaking up fights because that's not a job responsibility. It also opens up the company to all sorts of liabilty if their employees had gotten involved and hurt a customer (no matter how much they deserved it). I think you're flying off the handle here just because they're transgendered. Fights break out all the time in McDonald's across the country. I've seen a few near my high school. Employees in such establishments are required not to get involved at all other than to call police and be witnesses for it afterwards. Filming it helped the police press charges. 'Nuff said.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I flew off the handle for lots of reasons.

1. She was transgender, and that's the only reason they beat her up. And yeah, I fight for people like her. Sue me.

2. It was 1 am. I had been up since 5:30 the day before.

3. I had gone to Good Friday service, then came home and spent three hours writing a very emo piece about why I'm leaving the Church. As a result, I was already physically and emotionally exhausted.

4. Then I saw this.

I actually agree with much of what you said. I put the petition up there because I wanted to do SOMETHING TO EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE THAT SHIT LIKE THIS HAPPENS.

If I am completely honest, I don't know that I would have any more courage than anyone showed in this video - even that older woman who had the guts to intervene. She is an angel.

I made the point that the video will help with the prosecution of these two girls.

However, the guy who put it up is a FUCKING DOUCHEBAG. I found more than one article about how he put it up and mocked the victim's gender identity, basically saying she deserved what she got. You can hear him laughing in the video.

It's not much, but his ass should be fired.

I'm hormonal and emo - you should understand that - and still pissed as hell.
pktaxwench
Apr. 23rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
m hormonal and emo - you should understand that - and still pissed as hell.

I figured, but I went and read and then read what people were putting in the comments and on the petition about what people want to happen to the minimum wage employees WHO DID THEIR JOB AND STAYED OUT OF THE WAY, and I have to say, many of them are batshit insane.

(I do click on all your links... just too lazy to comment most of the time.)
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 23rd, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
People want justice - and whether we know how the real world works or not, sometimes we just wish Wolverine would show up, punch a few people's lights out, and save the day.

Mostly, we're stuck with, "we can't do anything."

And it sucks.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 23rd, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the acknowledgement that you are reading. Unfortunately, I am the same way. I rarely get to comment, though I do read.

Your cat is pretty, BTW.
pktaxwench
Apr. 25th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 25th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty good!
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