A South Carolina man was arrested after he allegedly gave a child a face tattoo while at a McDonald’s in the town of Laurens. Authorities were alerted to the incident by a fellow customer who uploaded a video to social media, with investigators eventually identifying the unlicensed “artist” as a man named Brandon Presha, Fox News reports.
- Presha didn’t care that everyone could see what he was doing. In the video, taken August 5, Presha could be seen wearing eyeglasses, gloves, and a mask as he used a professional tattoo needle on an underage boy at a table in the middle of the McDonald’s branch. The woman filming the clip could reportedly be heard threatening to “call the godd*** police” in the background.
- He was arrested and charged pretty quickly. After police caught up with Presha and reviewed the clip, they charged him with illegal tattooing since he’s not licensed as well as tattooing a person under the age of 18. Of course, he won’t spend much time behind bars as, according to the South Carolina Code, these are only misdemeanors punishable by a fine of $2,500 and a maximum of one year behind bars. However, he’s currently in custody at Laurens County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000.
- McDonald’s has released its own statement in response to the incident. “In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers & employees,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News. “The conduct reported is not in line with the values of our organization or in line with our expectations for how restaurants should be run.”
- This wasn’t the first time Presha has had a brush with the law. According to The Smoking Gun, Presha pled guilty to felony assault and battery, a charge that appeared to be minimized as it was originally “assault/attempted murder.” While he was sentenced to three years in prison, a judge allowed him to suspend the sentence and gave him two years of probation instead.