Woman sentenced to work fast food after throwing food in worker’s face.
Former Speaker McCarthy to resign from Congress at end of year.
Woman sentenced to work fast food after throwing food in worker’s face
A judge in Ohio decided to give a woman a lesson in empathy rather than a jail sentence. Instead of serving 90 days in jail, Rosemary Hayne will work 20 hours per week at a fast food chain for two months. Hayne appeared in Judge Timothy Gilligan’s court after throwing a hot bowl of food in the face of a Chipotle worker, Emily Russell, during a confrontation. Video of the incident went viral and Hayne was labeled “Fast Food Karen”. Hayne was quickly tracked down because she’d ordered her food online. She was found guilty of assaulting Russell last week.
Russell was pleased with Hayne’s sentencing. Hayne apologized to Russell at the sentencing, but Russell was unconvinced of her sincerity. “[Hayne] said she had a bad day, but that’s not the way you react when you have a bad day — to throw food in someone’s face”.
Russell left Chipotle a month after the incident because she felt the company did not sufficiently support her after the attack. Russell was not injured in the attack but was understandably shaken. She had to continue working for four hours after the humiliating incident. At the time, Russell was working 65 hours a week for $19.25/hr. She said Hayne was “lucky” that she would only have to work 20 hours per week.
Retail and fast-food workers are also experiencing more and more workplace violence. A survey found that 6 in 10 retail employees had witnessed a violent incident at their workplace within the past year.
Former Speaker McCarthy to resign from Congress at end of year
Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that he will be leaving Congress at the end of 2023. McCarthy was ousted from the Speakership in October after a showdown with far-right conservatives over a government funding bill. It’s not clear what prompted McCarthy to leave Congress at this time without even serving out his full term, which would end January 2025.
His departure will make things more difficult for current Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) who has to contend with a small and shrinking majority. The majority already narrowed last week when Rep. George Santos was expelled from Congress following a House Ethics report finding evidence of significant campaign finance violations. With McCarthy’s gone, Johnson will only be able to lose three Republican votes on each measure before falling below a simple majority.
McCarthy is also one of the most prolific GOP fundraisers in the House, which has won him a lot of support from fellow members of Congress. In a statement, McCarthy said, “I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways”.
Incidentally, former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney has been teasing a third-party Presidential run this week. Following Jan. 6, Cheney and McCarthy, both Republicans, found themselves on opposite sides. Cheney voted to impeach Donald Trump and later was one of two Republicans to serve on the House Jan. 6 Committee. McCarthy, meanwhile, clung to the Trump wing, which he has since fallen afoul of. Cheney lost seat in 2022 after Trump loyalists funded a primary challenger in her district. In recent statements, Cheney has been outspoken in blaming McCarthy for the chaos in the House GOP.