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Lesbian couple in fracas with Jamaican fast food worker pleads guilty

Published: Thursday September 13, 2012 | 4:26 pm Comments 0

CMC - Two angry lesbian customers, who were accused of starting a fracas with a Jamaican-born employee at McDonald's outlet in New York have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

However, under a plea agreement, Denise Darbeau, 24, and Rachel Edwards, 24, will not serve jail time.

Darbeau, who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted burglary will serve five years probation and will be sentenced on November 7, while Edwards has been sentenced to 10 days community service.

The couple appeared in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, where prosecutors said the couple had crossed paths with McDonald’s employee Rayon McIntosh, when they walked into the fast food chain located in West Village, Manhattan, in October, last year.

McIntosh told grand jurors last year that Darbeau became incensed when a manager scrutinized her $50 bill used to pay for fast food.

Prosecutors said McIntosh was only trying to hand Darbeau her extra crispy chicken sandwich.

But McIntosh's lawyer said Darbeau mocked his Jamaican client shouting: “You should be deported!" on “banana boat!”

Darbeau is captured on cell-phone video first slapping McIntosh, then vaulting the counter.

Witnesses told reporters that Edwards then shouted: “If my husband gets into a fight, I got her back,” as she ran behind the counter herself.

McIntosh was cleared of any wrongdoing in December, after convincingly telling grand jurors that the women had threatened and then attacked him, and that he only struck them until they ceased their attack.

Both women admitted to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gregory Carro that they had caused the fracas.

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