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Pastor tried to push McDonald’s chef into fryer: police

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  • A North Carolina church pastor has been arrested following allegations he attacked a cook at a McDonald’s.
  • He was called by his wife, the manager-in-training, who claimed the staff “disrespected” him.
  • The pastor had to be restrained by staff until police arrived and charged him with assault.

Police have charged a North Carolina pastor with attacking a McDonald’s cook and trying to push him into a deep fryer.

Dwayne Waden, 57, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault after police were called to a McDonald’s location on S Main Street in High Point, North Carolina.

Waden is a pastor with Elevated Life International Ministries and works as a tractor-trailer driver, according to his Facebook page.

He showed up at the fast-food restaurant to help his wife, Latoya Gladney, who is a manager-in-training at the branch, according to police investigation files viewed by Business Insider.

Gladney, 44, had called her husband to help deal with employees who she said police were “disrespecting” her.

Upon entering the restaurant, police said Waden walked around the counter and launched an assault on a 34-year-old cook.

“The offender entered the McDonalds on S Main Street, walked around the counter and placed his hands around the victim’s neck pushing his head towards the fryer,” the police investigation revealed.

High Point Police Department investigation report.
High Point Police Department

He is then accused of hitting the cook several times, leaving scratches on his neck and “a large bruise” on his forehead and right eye.

Emergency services were called to the scene, but his family took him to hospital for treatment.

Waden did not stop the assault until several employees pulled him from the victim and restrained him until police arrived, police said.

After viewing security camera footage of the incident, the pastor arrested him and charged him with assault.

A trial is scheduled for Jan. 22 and a $1,000 bond has been set.

McDonald’s has already faced several lawsuits from employees for failing to protect them from workplace violence.

The complaints include instances where customers pulled guns on workers, threw objects at them and physically attacked workers.

“The incidents described in this complaint are not random or unpredictable,” the workers claimed in the 2019 lawsuit. “Rather, they are part of a city-wide and nationwide pattern at McDonald’s restaurants .

McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI, made outside of normal business hours.

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