Maskless McDonald’s customer unleashes a foul-mouthed rant at police before he’s dragged to the ground and threatened with pepper spray for ‘refusing to show his ID’
- Police held pepper spray just centimetres from the fast food customer’s eyes
- He was pinned to the ground by his neck, arms and body in the scuffle
- Video shows officers telling the mask-less man: ‘I just wanted to see some ID’
- Victoria lockdown laws say masks must be worn indoors when not at home
Police threatened to pepper spray a mask-less McDonald’s customer at point blank range as he was pinned to the ground after he reportedly refused to show his ID.
The man unleashed a foul-mouthed rant at police officers when they confronted him in the Traralgon Central branch of the fast food giant on Monday night.
He had entered the McDonald’s without a mask despite Victoria’s current lockdown restrictions, prompting the police to intervene.
Shocking video footage on Facebook revealed the customer reacted furiously to police questioning, resulting in a scuffle with the two officers.
He was bundled to the ground and then pinned down by the neck, arms and body while one officer held a can of pepper spray just centimetres from his eyes.
The officers demanded he relax and show his ID as the customer struggled to break free.
‘All I wanted was some ID…I just want your ID,’ says one of the officers as the pair held the customer down.
A second unmasked customer attempts to enter the McDonald’s in the middle of the row, and police order him: ‘Get back!’
He puts up his arms and steps outside the door before appearing to start filming the scuffle on his phone.
The man had unleashed a foul-mouthed rant at police officers when they confronted him in the Traralgon Central branch of the fast food giant on Monday night (pictured)
The officers ask the man on the ground: ‘Do you want to get up? Do you want to get up?’ The customer responds: ‘Get off my arm. Get off my arm.’
One of the officers releases his arm and replies: ‘Can you relax?’
In a second video – posted on a private group on Facebook – the customer can be heard telling police to stand back, adding: ‘Don’t f***ing touch me’.
‘Put your manners in, mate,’ says one of the police officers. ‘You’re in a public place.’
‘No,’ snaps back the customer. ‘Don’t touch me.’
The police officers – one wearing a mask and another without – take a step back and one collects a pair of glasses that fell on the ground during the earlier scuffle.
The mask-less customer had entered the McDonalds without a mask despite Victoria’s current lockdown restrictions, prompting the police to intervene (pictured)
They then tell the customer to leave the McDonald’s and step outside and he initially refuses, before all three calmly head for the door.
McDonald’s staff at the Traralgon Central branch in Gippsland confirmed the incident but refused to comment to Daily Mail Australia. Victoria Police have been contacted for comment.
State Government health department guidelines for regional Victoria say masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors when not at home.
It adds: ‘There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home, but staying Covid Safe remains important.
‘Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors You do not need to wear a mask in your own home or if a lawful exception applies.’