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Teen girls get violent, threaten mom who asked them to leave children's play area at McDonald's


The mother's little girls — 2 and 5 — were in the play area at the time

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

Two little girls — ages 2 and 5 — were in the children's play area of a California McDonald's late last month when their mother spotted a problem.

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

Teenage girls also were in the play area, so Mom told the teens they were too old to be there and asked them leave — and the teens didn't take too kindly to that.

The 28-year-old mother who didn't want to be identified told KCBS-TV the teen girls were "telling me to get up and fight them, and I said, 'I'm not gonna fight you.'"

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

She added to the station that when she refused to fight the minors "they came and they threw cups of water and ice at us."

"They kept wanting to fight me, they all started hitting me, and my two little girls were crying," the mom added to KNBC-TV. "My dad realized that they were on me, and he pulled me away."

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

Oh, but it gets worse

The enraged teens began throwing drinks, shoving items off the counter at the Moreno Valley restaurant, and throwing cups at people, KNBC reported.

Police told KCBS the teens were caught on camera hurling heavy objects at employees.

"I was about to get hit in the head," one employee, Dexter Forbes Jr., added to the station. "They were throwing them pretty high, too, like they had no aim." Forbes told KCBS the teen girls even broke a monitor.

Dexter Forbes Jr.Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

The Dec. 30 incident reportedly caused at least $2,000 worth of damage, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department told the Mercury News.

What happened next?

The mom who asked the teens to leave the children's play area told KCBS that her dad chased them outside and held one of the girls while he called police — but the mom ran out and told him to let the girl go.

"They were punching me the whole time," she added to the station.

The mother told KCBS she twice asked the McDonald's manager for help when a man in a black sweater got them behind the counter.

Forbes, the employee, told the station that man "was doing way more work than my manager was. He was making sure they were OK, he walked to the back with them."

After Forbes posted several videos of the incident to social media, he was allegedly suspended and later fired, KCBS said.

What does McDonald's have to say?

McDonald's released a statement Tuesday to KCBS:

"The safety and security of our guests and their families are a top priority. We have been in contact with the local law enforcement and are fully cooperating with their investigation." – Thomas Mangione, Moreno Valley McDonald's Owner-Operator

Mother of one of the teen girls apologizes

In the aftermath, the mother of one of the teen girls apologized.

"We're very remorseful," Shauntee Smith told KCBS-TV in a follow-up story. "We're very embarrassed."

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

Smith recorded herself and another mom taking two of the girls involved into the police department to hold their daughters accountable for their actions, the station reported.

"I was pretty upset, so I came down on her pretty hard when I seen it, and she was crying," Smith added to KCBS.

Smith's daughter told the station, "I guess when I walked away it started getting worse and worse."

The 17-year-old was seen in a video pulling her friend out of the McDonald's during the fight, KCBS said.

'We were out of character, but it was for a cause'

But the two teens — their heads turned away from the camera and covered by hoodies — told the station that the viral video doesn't show that the fight turned physical after the woman's father grabbed one of them by the chest and hit her.

Image source: KCAL-TV video screenshot

"We were out of character, but it was for a cause," one of the girls told KCBS, also noting that "he took off on her like she was his age."

Without missing a beat, the other girl added, "Like she was a man."

But the mother who confronted the teens in the children's play area said the teens were the aggressors, and her father never hit them, KCBS reported.

"I feel like it was us and them," one of the teens told the station.

The teens added to KCBS that everyone involved should share the blame, but they're the only ones getting harassed with thousands of comments.

"She's still getting called ghetto, ratchet, it even got racial," Smith told the station.

Police confirmed to KCBS they met with the teens but that no arrests have been made.

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