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McDonald's employees got punched over chicken nuggets. CC by Fritz Saalfeld/Wikimedia Commons

Caught on tape in January, Melodi Dushane’s McDonald’s rampage has become the stuff of legend. Today the video tape of Melodi Dushane punching two McDonald’s workers became public record. The video, which contains no audio, shows Melodi Dushane attacking workers because there were no Chicken McNuggets available. Scroll to the end of this post to watch the video.

New Year’s Day attack

In the very early morning of Jan. 1, 2010, Melodi Dushane went through a McDonald’s drive-through to order Chicken McNuggets. The McNuggets she ordered weren’t available because it was breakfast hours. Dushane tried to convince the employees to give her McDonald’s McNuggets, and when they didn’t, she attacked them. First, Dushane punches and slaps the workers, then breaks the drive-through glass before driving off.

Sentencing Melodi Dushane

Eventually, Melodi Dushane was changed with both vandalism and assault in connection with the attack. Originally, Dushane pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Eventually, Dushane was officially sentenced to two months in jail, and she had to pay for the broken window. Melodi Dushane has also admitted that she was completely drunk at the time of the attack. The legal costs of the court battle brought on by her drunken rampage could easily run into the thousands of dollars.

Should evidence like this be public?

Some legal experts are wondering if the public’s right to know really outweighs individual rights. When evidence in a court case used to be made public, individuals had to take action to find it. When evidence is now entered into the public record, it is around the world and back in moments. The right of the public to know information about their communities is usually weighted above individual privacy, even when time has been served for their crimes.What do you think about this?

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