McDonald's manager accused of punching customer with service dog


(CBS/AP) ATLANTA - Authorities say a McDonald's manager is accused of punching a mother who was at the Atlanta restaurant with her autistic children and a service dog.

Tiffany Denise Allen is reportedly charged with simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct for attacking Jennifer Schwenker.

The victim entered the McDonald's in Marietta on July 12 with her twins and service dog. Allen became angry that the dog was inside the restaurant, followed the mother around the restaurant and then punched her in the face in the parking lot, according to authorities.

Surveillance video shows McDonald's employees trying to restrain their co-worker, according to police.

J.M. and Jan Owens, who operate the store, said they're cooperating with police.

"At our McDonald's restaurant, we respect and value our customers. Their safety and well-being is always a top priority," they said in a statement to The Associated Press.

"We strive to comply with all applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act," they said. "It is our policy to make our restaurants accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities and special needs, whether or not they need the assistance of service animals."