Prosecution: A woman threatened and harassed for a mask in a fast food restaurant

A woman is suing Burger King after saying she and her children were verbally abused for complaining to a manager that an employee was not wearing a mask.

Shatarra Parker filed a lawsuit in Horry County Court on behalf of herself and her two minor children, identified as JM and YP Parker filed a lawsuit against Kingdom Restaurants and five unnamed Burger King employees.

The other five defendants are identified only as John Doe and Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2, Jane Doe 3 and Jane Doe 4.

The Burger King is located in Myrtle Beach on Coastal Grand Circle. Parker lives in County Horry.

Jane Doe 1 is a manager of the Burger King in question.

Jane Doe 2, 3, 4 and John Doe are Burger King employees working under Jane Doe 1.

The lawsuit says the incident happened on June 14, 2019. When contacted and asked if the date was in error, Daniel Hunnicutt, a Conway attorney who represents Parker and his children, said the date indicated on the lawsuit was a typo. The correct date is June 14, 2021, Hunnicutt said.

Parker took his kids to Burger King. Parker noticed that one of the employees, identified in the Jane Doe 2 lawsuit, was not wearing a face mask. Parker complained to the manager that the employee was not wearing a mask.

The complaint caused the other five employees to become “very hostile” towards Parker in front of his children, according to the lawsuit. The five Burger King employees continued to “threaten, harass, belittle and mock” Parker and his children.

They called her “fat (expletive)” and made other derogatory comments about her weight. They then threatened Parker and his children, telling them they would “find them” and “harm them,” according to the lawsuit.

One of the employees slammed the bag of food on the counter, giving food to Parker and his children, the suit says.

The lawsuit alleges that Parker suffered long-term damage from the “assault,” including emotional distress, fear, anxiety and loss of sleep.

The lawsuit claims that the five Burger King employees “intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress or were certain or virtually certain that such distress would result from their actions” toward Parker and his children.

The lawsuit states that Kingdom Restaurants, LLC, which operates Burger King restaurants, is liable for the actions of its employees.

This story was originally published September 21, 2021 8:09 a.m.

Jenna Taha Farhat is a reporter from Wichita, Kansas who covers breaking news in Myrtle Beach and Horry County. She speaks Arabic.

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